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3.6 mile 5.9 kilometer loop
89% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 608' 185 m
Descent: -612' -186 m
High: 5,871' 1,790 m
Low: 5,298' 1,615 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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This loop provides some of the best views of Mount Rainier around, and a plethora of wildflowers.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Pets are allowed only on the Pacific Crest Trail portion of the loop, outside of the park, and they must be leashed. Dogs and other pets are NOT allowed on the section of the Naches Peak Loop Trail within the park, nor are they allowed on any other trails inside the park. Fires are prohibited. Treat water before drinking.

Overview

To get the best views of Mount Rainier, run the loop in a clockwise direction. This loop provides breathtaking views of the Mountain, a look at beautiful subalpine meadows, and an abundant supply of huckleberries in late summer and early fall.

Need to Know

There is no camping along the Naches Peak Loop Trail within Mount Rainier National Park. Nor are there any suitable sites for camping along the Pacific Crest Trail within the park. Camping is permitted on adjacent United States Forest Service lands. Permits are required for camping.

Runner Notes

A great trail running spot.

Description

Park at Tipsoo Lake, .5 mile west of Chinook Pass on SR 410. For a clockwise route, follow the trail from the picnic area to Chinook Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail.

This easy loop is one of the most popular in the park. It starts out along the Pacific Crest Trail at Chinook Pass and leads south, traversing the east side of Naches Peak 1.6 miles until intersecting the Naches Loop Trail. To continue the loop and return to Tipsoo Lake in 1.4 miles, follow the Naches Loop Trail along the west side of Naches Peak.

Flora & Fauna

Subalpine meadows teeming with wildflowers, and an abundance of huckleberries.

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