The loop trail leaving Tipsoo Lake meanders through meadows that offer some of the best views of Mount Rainier found anywhere. The route is relatively flat–it rolls up and down but has no ridiculously steep sections and only a few real climbs. The route takes advantage of the Pacific Crest Trail, as well as some of the heavily used tourist trails around Tipsoo Lake. Don’t expect quiet solitude here, though the beauty of the terrain you pass through offsets any worries about crowds.
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Mountaineers hike circling Naches Peak near Chinook Pass. Beautiful weather. Heavy use on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Michael Chase, Sherry Davies, Sandra Johnston, Brian Kennan, Pete Miller, Karen Munn, Jeffrey Riba, Christy Schutte, and Allison Tonge.
Reference: Green Trails: Mount Rainier East No. 270 and Bumping Lake No. 271. Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, Tipsoo Lake-Naches Peak Loop.
From Enumclaw, drive east about 47 miles on State Route 410 to the junction with SR 123. Stay left to continue east on SR 410 another 3 miles. Park in the Tipsoo Lake parking lot on your left just past the footbridge marking Chinook Pass.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (46.8674,-121.5176)
National Park Pass required.
4.49 miles, 852 ft. gain, 2 hrs 24 min.