Trip Report: Time is running out for the Naches Peak Loop


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


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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She is working to earn a living outside and by sharing her beautiful and unique Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.