Hiking Near Mount Rainier: The Naches Peak Loop Trail

September 13, 2012

Mount Rainier reflected in Tipsoo Lake near Chinook Pass on Hwy 410

I just had to take advantage of these last sunny days of summer to head to the mountains for a day hike.  I love the Naches Peak Loop Trail for its stupendous views of Mount Rainier and its wildflowers as the trail meanders past several tiny sub-alpine lakes.  This is an easy hike.  Heading out on the trail just ahead of me was a family with a toddler in a backpack and a two-week old baby in a sling.  I parked in the lot by Tipsoo Lake and headed clockwise up the trail so that I would have Mount Rainier in full view for the last part of the hike.

Here are some photos:


The sub-alpine meadows are studded with beargrass.

Tall trees with long shadows cast by the morning sun.

Lush green along melting rivulets

Beargrass and Queen Anne’s Lace with the Cascades in the background

The trail passes along several small lakes

Shards of ice and ground frost in the shady stretches of the trail

Busy bees, butterflies and birds along the trail

Tree silhouettes

Looking down on Dewey Lake from the Naches Peak Loop Trail

The Cascade Mountains with cascading blues

If you walk the trail clockwise, you’ll have this view of Mount Rainier on the latter part of the loop hike.

The trail passes yet another lake.

A weathered snag

The final stretch, heading back to Tipsoo Lake

Trail sign with Mount Rainier on the horizon
















8 Responses to “Hiking Near Mount Rainier: The Naches Peak Loop Trail”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I do think my favorite photo is the tree silhouettes. I’m especially fond of that tiny one, apparently atop its own pinnacle!

  2. Chris Says:

    Stunning photos Rosemary…and all right here in our own backyard…you have inspired me to go on that hike…Soon!!
    Also inspiring is hiking with a toddler and a new born baby!! Now that is a super Mom! 🙂

  3. charltonestatetrust Says:

    It is my dream to go somewhere like that.

  4. Margaret Says:

    Wow, it looks like you had a really clear day!

    • Rosemary Says:

      Yes, other than the trace of rain we had the other day, it’s been holding clear and sunny. This is the hike I wanted to take you guys on when you visited in August. Too bad we ran out of time. You would have liked it.

  5. softbodysweethearts Says:

    Reblogged this on SBS-Seattle.com and commented:
    Washington is the best state ever. Admit it.

  6. garden.poet Says:

    Rosemary, these photos are breathtaking. I love the wildflowers and the receding mountains especially. These pictures remind me of a trail we hiked in Grand Teton, and one in Alaska, as well. Thank you for this. 🙂

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