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Naches Peak Loop Hike
August 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm PDTFree
The Naches Peak Loop Hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier.
The hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail on the northern flank of Naches Peak and the Naches Peak Trail on the southern flank. It begins at Tipsoo Lake and then traverses a steep hillside on the northern flank of Naches Peak. As you climb a gentle slope, you will look down on a small lush valley that is a wildflower heaven. In late July and early August you may be treated to a flower festival including blue lupine, white bistort, and magenta paintbrush. Along the way you will pass an unnamed lakelet where you may be tempted to take off your boots and go wading.
Northwest Forest Pass needed for parking
Directions: From the ranger station in Enumclaw, drive east on State Route 410 (Chinook Pass Highway) about 44 miles. Half a mile before (west of) Chinook Pass, park at the Tipsoo Lake parking area.
Meet at 7:45am for 8am departure at the Tipsoo Lake parking area.. .Facilities are available.