Naches Peak/Dewey Lakes, DH-2
Chuck and Chris Wierman, email@example.com
Our route will start at Tipsoo Lake on Highway 410 in Mount Rainier Park. We will go clockwise on the Naches Peak Loop which quickly joins the PCT. In about 2.2 miles and 500 feet of climb, the PCT crosses a saddle above Dewey Lake. We will follow the PCT down to Dewey Lake, make a lap around the lake, and then the work starts. The climb back up to the saddle is 600 feet over 1.2 miles. From there it is flat or downhill back to the trailhead, and the views of Mt. Rainier get better with each step. There is a glimpse of Mt. Adams and the Goat Rocks. The wildflowers should be in full bloom. The total trip is about 7.7 miles (See Green Trails Maps No. 270 – Mount Rainier East and No. 271 – Bumping Lake).
This is a very popular hike so the trail is usually in good shape, but don’t expect a lot of solitude. We will take a fairly easy pace and rest as/if needed. Bring a good lunch and plenty of water. We will eat at Dewey Lake. The last part is quite open so a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. As always, bring the 10 Essentials.