Dewey Lake seen from the Naches Peak Loop trail after early season snow
The Naches Peak Loop trail is one of my favorite hikes by far and one of the best in Mt Rainier. It’s relatively easy with no steep climbs and it’s just over 3 miles long. It’s also a loop with fantastic and changes views all around. I recommend going clockwise along the loop, which gives you fantastic views of Mt Rainier on the last third of the loop (if it’s clear!).
Along the Naches Peak loop
This year this hike was not free of snow and really hikeable until early August, and now in mid October it’s snow covered again! Once the snow melts, the wildflowers (and bugs) along this hike are spectacular. It has beautiful fall color, and then there’s a brief window where there’s snow but you can still follow the trail and Chinook Pass is still open (it closes sometime in November).
Early snow and fall colors mix on the Naches Peak Trail