Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Naches Peak Loop

Mt. Rainier National Park has many trails that lead to premier wildflower gardens. Expect to spend a full day at this trip between the driving and the time hiking. This is the least challenging of the trips we will offer.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph or slower with frequent stops

At the Trailhead at 8:00 am. Park at Tipsoo Lake, .5 mile west of Chinook Pass on SR 410. Anita will be camping nearby on the 19th.  Reach out to her if you are interested in joining her for the night.  (Extra cars cost $.)

Here is a link to the Park's description of the hike:

Recommended book: Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains by Daniel Mathews

After this field trip you may identify these species and more:
1. Broad-leaf Lupine
2. Common Paintbrush
3. Beargrass
4. Gray Jay
5. Blue (Butterfly)
6. Red Columbine
7. Glacier Lily
8. Tiger Lily
9. Thinleaf Blueberry
10. Sitka Mountain Ash
11. Sitka Alder
12. Alaska Yellow-cedar

NOTE: On the north/northeast part of the trail, the mosquitoes are vicious! Anita highly recommends Deet and a head net at a minimum. She didn't have these last year, using only some organic bug spray, and they were biting her through my clothes with an intensity!

Destinations are quite dependent upon snow level. We’ll give more details in July via e-mail and at the 4th Presentation.


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
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

guide book

day hiking gear

Trip Reports