GoHike Hiking Trip - 2-5 miles, up to 750 feet gain - Naches Peak Loop

Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series

GoHike Hiking Trip - 2-5 miles, up to 750 feet gain - Naches Peak Loop

Join us for this easy 3 mile hike featuring splendid wildflower meadows, tarns, a waterfall, and expansive views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and the Goat Rocks as well as Tipsoo Lake and Yakima peak. This hike can apply toward your GoHike Series graduation!

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 3.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph or slower with frequent stops

Meet at 8:45AM at the top of the parking lot near Tipsoo Lakes - google map location https://goo.gl/maps/28VDbtWAHZYhBtmp7.

This is one of my favorite hikes and I have scheduled it so it should be at the peak of wildflower season! It also follows a small part of the Pacific Coast Trail, so you can brag to your friends that you hiked part of the PCT!


We will meet at the top of the parking lot and hike in a clockwise direction so that Mt. Rainier will be like a beacon as we round the last part of the hike. There are pit toilets near the entrance of the parking lot, so be sure to use them since there won't be another opportunity to go on this hike. Be sure to look at required equipment since I will be checking to make sure you have everything!

Please note that mosquitos are usually horrible along this trail during this time of year! Regular insect repellent doesn't really work, so you'll want to use something stronger (like DEET) and be sure to spray your clothes since they can bite through most materials. A head net is also a good idea if you are more prone to mosquito bites (I know I am).

This hike will be rather slow paced, so if you want to experience this beautiful trail but usually intimidated by the pace and/or elevation gain, don't worry...I'm right there with you! I also love taking photos of the wildflowers, so I'm ok with frequent stops so you can also take photos (or catch your breath). This hike is probably NOT good for you if you prefer a faster paced hike.

Afraid of blisters? Try coating your feet with vaseline and/or wearing wool socks. Trekking poles will also help going downhill and helping with posture and balance.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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