Day Hike - Dewey Lake via Naches Peak Loop


Day Hike - Dewey Lake via Naches Peak Loop

A wildflower hike with views as we circle around Naches Peak, with the option of descending to Dewey Lake for a slightly different environment

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • Pace: slow to moderate, with frequent stops

Meet at 8:30 am at the Tipsoo Lake Comfort Station, the easiest place for a break and decision where to park and start the loop. Hello Hiker message prior to the trip will help with carpooling.

This beautiful and popular trail offers  rocky, open terrain with views  and multiple different habitats  for alpine wildflowers. An optional side trip to Dewey Lakes adds 3 miles and 600 ft of elevation gain to the classic loop but the descent leads to a cooler, shadier environment for comparison. Without the side trip to Dewey Lake the distance is 3.2.miles, with 600 ft of elevation gain. Since this is a loop trip participants must be able to hike at least this distance, at an altitude of about 6000 ft.

This is a Naturalist trip, so expect frequent stops and discussions and a slow pace for at least the first half of the day.....and probably longer, given that it is a loop trip. Bring lots of food and water!  And your camera or equivalent.

This outing meets requirements for Field Trip-4 of the Seattle Introduction to the Natural World 2022 course (email me ahead of opening of registration). Others are welcome to take remaining spots when registration opens.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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