Dewey Lake, Naches Peak Loop & Pacific Crest Trail


Backpack - Dewey Lake, Naches Peak Loop & Pacific Crest Trail

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 to Anderson Lake on Saturday afternoon.

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  • Sat, Aug 5, 2017 — Sun, Aug 6, 2017
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,350 ft

Meet at 8:30 AM Saturday at the Enumclaw Ranger Station.

We will consolidate cars at the Enumclaw Ranger Station and then caravan to the trailhead parking lot on SR 410, just east of Chinook Pass, where a Northwest Forest Pass, or equivalent, must be displayed by each car parked there.  There is no parking pass required at the Enumclaw Ranger Station.  The hike in to Dewey Lakes and the day hike to Anderson Lake are both entirely on the well-maintained Pacific Crest Trail.  The first part of the hike in is on the popular Naches Peak Loop Trail, where a variety of alpine flowers are usually in bloom at this time of year.  We will camp at the south end of big Dewey Lake, where there is a sandy beach making a nice entry point for a swim in the lake.  The optional day hike to Anderson Lake provides a second swimming opportunity in a lake even warmer than Dewey Lake.  After breakfast on Sunday, we will hike out by the same route we hiked in.  There are restrooms at the Enumclaw Ranger Station and the trailhead parking lot, but not along our hiking route, so plan accordingly.


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. 269SX
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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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