Day Hike - Naches Peak Loop


Day Hike - Naches Peak Loop

Naches Peak Loop and Sourdough Gap (see Leader's notes). Explore Tipsoo Lake, Sheep Lake, wildflower meadows, and stunning vistas along the Pacific Crest Trail. COVID-19 badge or proof of vaccination required.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,172 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,415 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Tipsoo Lake 8:00 a.m. - Apple MapsGoogle Maps

This trip combines 2 shorter hikes to provide a more challenging experience. We’ll hike at a moderate pace intended for experienced, conditioned hikers. We’ll stop for short breaks and photos as needed, and a longer lunch break.

An early start on the Naches Peak Loop Trail hopefully avoids crowds at this popular location. There’s a good chance we might encounter PCT thru hikers on the 4.6 mile section as they continue their journey over Chinook Pass. The climb to Sourdough Gap rewards us with grand views of the distant Goat Rocks and Mount Adams along the ridgeline above Crystal Lakes.

If you do not have a Mountaineers COVID-19 badge, please email me proof of vaccination before registration closes.

Full details and carpooling information will be emailed to participants after registration closes.

More information:
Day Hiking Mount Rainier (2nd Edition), Nos. 51-52
WTA Naches Peak Loop
WTA Sourdough Gap


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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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