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

The Naches Peak Trail makes a loop near Chinook Pass. This loop can be outstanding for wildflowers and butterflies. It has spectacular views of Mt. Rainier and the geology of the area.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Meet at 8:00 AM at the Tipsoo Lake Comfort Station just before Chinook Pass on State 410. This parking lot fills fast, especially on a weekend and we will need to be there early to find places. The parking lot is 0.5 miles west of Chinook Pass. 

The hike is moderately easy, it is a 3.5 mile loop without a lot of elevation gain. 

Mt. Rainier National Park has many trails that lead to premier wildflower gardens.

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

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

Bring Mt. Rainier Wildflower Search app on your smartphone or tablet. Field guides can be helpful.  

Bring water, lunch, rain gear, and the ten essentials.

day hiking gear

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