Trip Report: Naches Peak Loop – Wildflowers NOW!

We’ve talked several times before here, here, here and here about this fantastic, mellow hike with epic views of Mt Rainier, several lakes and abundant wildflowers.

Mt Rainier at sunset from the Naches Peak Loop trail

Just a quick note to say I was there this weekend and the wildflowers are in full bloom! I would also add that it was a sunny July Saturday and while there were a lot of people, we got a parking spot right away with no problem, and saw other people on the trail but not constantly. It was far less crowded than Paradise or Sunrise would be even though it was not complete solitude. There was some smoke and haze in the air but it only obscured more distant mountains and didn’t obscure our view of Mt Rainier at all. There were a ton of bugs though so make sure to wear long pants, long sleeves and bring your bug spray!

Pasqueflower and Paintbrush among the many wildflowers currently in bloom in Mt Rainier National Park
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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 presenting traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She believes in sharing her beloved 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.