Naches Loop Trail and Dewey Lake, Chinook Pass - Tipsoo Lake Trailhead, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Naches Loop Trail and Dewey Lake - 3.75 miles
Chinook Pass - Tipsoo Lake Trailhead
|Round-Trip Length:||3.75 miles (add 2.2 miles roundtrip for Dewey Lake)|
|Start-End Elevation:||5,290' - 5,862' (5,862' max elevation on loop)|
|Elevation Change:||+572' net elevation gain (+812' total elevation gain on loop)|
Naches Loop Trail and Dewey Lake - 3.75 Miles Round-Trip
The Naches Peak Loop Trail and Pacific Crest Trail form a 3.75 mile loop from Tipsoo Lake along the Mount Rainier - William Douglas Wilderness boundary. This mild route passes through idyllic subalpine parklands with terrific views of Rainier, and one of the most accessible and highly concentrated wildflower displays in the Sunrise area.
The Pacific Crest Trail continues off the loop on a 1.1 mile, 708' descent to Dewey Lake (5,112') with numerous campsites and good fishing. Note: dogs are not permitted on sections within Mount Rainier NP.
The Tipsoo Lake Trailhead is located .5 miles west of Chinook Pass on Highway 410. The following description travels clockwise for the best views of Rainier:
From the trailhead board, follow signs left and above Tipsoo Lake. The trail rises over the basin through patchy forest to the Pacific Crest Trail junction on HWY 410 (.3 miles : 5,415'). Turn right on the PCT and pass over HWY 410 on the hiker bridge.
The Pacific Crest Trail levels across flower-covered slopes with good views of Chinook Pass and surrounding peaks. It wraps along mild contours under Naches Peak through to a scenic pond (1.3 miles : 5,620').
It steepens over the pond to a high flat over Dewey Lake (1.8 miles : 5,848'), then drops to the Dewey Lake - Naches Loop Trail split (1.9 miles : 5,810'). Keep right on the Naches Loop Trail and re-enter Mount Rainier NP. It rounds a corner and dips into a broad, park-like meadow with a pond and picture-perfect backdrop of Rainier.
The trail rises up the far side to a crest (2.35 miles : 5,845'), then levels across open hillsides with rangy views out to Mount Adams and down the Ohanapecosh valley. It gradually tilts down through patchy timber to the East Side Trail split on Highway 410 (3.45 miles : 5,345'). Cross the road to Tipsoo Lake and follow one of several paths around it back to the parking lot to complete the loop (3.75 miles : 5,290').
Dewey Lake (5,112')
Dewey Lake is located 1.1 miles off the Naches Loop Trail along the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT drops 708' from the junction on steep, sweeping switchbacks that moderate as you near the lake. Note that, while it takes you very close, the trail does not lead directly to the lake at first - it continues through meadows on the perimeter for some time.
It's easy enough to follow, but the quickest route uses social and campsite trails that branch off near the inlet stream to the open west side of Dewey Lake (5,112').
Dewey Lake is very large and ringed by lengthy stretches of meadow and timber. With a little effort you can find privacy here, even on busy weekends. A large pond is located west of the lake, a worthy destination in itself. Honor camping and travel restrictions in marked restoration areas.
- N46 52.192 W121 31.165 — 0.0 miles : Tipsoo Lake Trailhead
- N46 52.321 W121 30.960 — .3 miles : Pacific Crest Trail split - cross road
- N46 52.336 W121 30.686 — .55 miles : Enter William Douglas Wilderness
- N46 52.212 W121 30.250 — 1.0 miles : Mild grade across open slopes
- N46 51.939 W121 29.892 — 1.5 miles : Cross high, thinly treed slopes
- N46 51.734 W121 29.779 — 1.95 miles : Dewey Lake Trail split
- N46 51.697 W121 30.198 — 2.4 miles : Crest over pond with views
- N46 51.750 W121 30.836 — 2.95 miles : Great views down Ohanapecosh Valley
- N46 52.006 W121 31.055 — 3.45 miles : East Side Trail split - cross road to Tipsoo
- N46 51.600 W121 29.668 — Steep descent back into forest
- N46 51.425 W121 29.198 — Dewey Lake (5,112')
- Though dogs are permitted on the Pacific Crest Trail portion of the loop, they're not permitted on the Naches Loop Trail segment within Mount Rainier National Park boundaries.
- The loop's fast, mild grades are ideal for families, runners and those with limited time.
- Mosquitoes can be a nuisance at Dewey Lake. Long sleeves and repellants are recommended.
Camping and Backpacking Information
Camping is not permitted on the Naches Loop Trail. Camping is permitted at Dewey Lake in the William Douglas Wilderness Area.
- A free wilderness permit must be completed and carried with you for the duration of your trip.
- Camp at least 100' away from the PCT, Dewey Lake and any related stream or pond. Use established sites whenever possible to minimize impact on this heavily used area.
- Fires are not permitted within .5 miles of the lake.
- Stock is not permitted within 200' of the lake.
A Washington State Fishing License is not required to fish in Mount Rainier National Park. Fishing is not permitted in Tipsoo Lake:
- A Washington State catch record card is required to fish for salmon or steelhead and they must be accounted for as if caught in state waters.
- Fishing regulations are specific to site, species, and season. Always contact the Park before setting out for the latest guidelines.
- Fishing for Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, Coastal Cutthroat and Chinook (King) Salmon is strictly prohibited in Park waters.
- There is no catch limit in Park lakes.
Streams and Rivers:
- Daily catch: Six pounds of fish plus one additional fish, not to exceed 12 fish
- Possession: 1 day's limit
- Minimum size: none
- The Ohanapecosh River and its tributaries are open to fly fishing only. The use of bait or other lures (except artificial flies) is not permitted.
The following areas are closed to fishing:
- Klickitat Creek above the White River Entrance water supply intake
- Ipsut Creek above the Ipsut Creek Campground water supply intake
- Laughingwater Creek above the Ohanapecosh water supply intake
- Edith Creek basin above the Paradise water supply intake
- Frozen Lake
- Reflection Lakes
- Shadow Lake
- Tipsoo Lake
Rules and Regulations
- There's a $25 entrance fee to Mount Rainier National Park (good for 7 days). Annual Passes are $50.
- Pets and Bikes are not permitted on the Naches Loop Trail. Bikes are not permitted on the PCT.
- Camping is not permitted on the Naches Loop Trail. Camping is permitted on the PCT and at Dewey Lake. An overnight use permit must be completed and carried with you at all times during your trip.
Directions to Trailhead
The Tipsoo Lake Trailhead is located .5 miles west of Chinook Pass on HWY 410. The large parking lot is located on the north side of the road.
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