Dewey Lake, Naches Peak Loop & Pacific Crest Trail


Backpack - Dewey Lake

Experience the splendor of the Mt. Rainier area at the most favorable time of the year by backpacking to beautiful Dewey Lakes, where we camp by a sandy beach, enjoy a swim in the lake and have an optional 6 mile RT day hike on the Pacific Crest Trail to Anderson Lake on Saturday afternoon.

  • Sat, Aug 4, 2018 — Sun, Aug 5, 2018
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,350 ft

Meet at 8:30 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station on Roosevelt Ave (SR 410).

From the Enumclaw Ranger Station we will caravan to the trailhead parking lot on SR 410,  just east of Chinook Pass, on the left side of the street.  There are restrooms at Enumclaw Ranger Station and at the trailhead parking lot, but not on our hiking route.  Each car parked at the trailhead parking lot must display the Northwest Forest Pass or the equivalent.

The backpack into Dewey  Lakes will first gain elevation to near the junction where the Naches Peak Loop trail forks to the right from the PCT we are hiking on.  Then we go downhill to Dewey Lake and reverse the process when we backpack out on Sunday.  We will hike the shortest route both directions (not completing the Naches Peak Loop).

Water can be filtered from the outflow stream from big Dewey Lake, which will probably be close to where we camp.

This is a rare opportunity to experience two warm, swimmable alpine lakes, a sandy beach at one of them, and beautiful alpine flowers, all on the same backpack trip. 


Dewey Lake, Naches Peak Loop & Pacific Crest Trail

  • Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
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    46.871909, -121.515388
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    46.854040, -121.479156
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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