Naches Peak is located just east of Chinook Pass along the eastern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. Naches Peak is most famous for the Naches Peak loop trail which encircles it and takes in wilflower gardens and views of Mt Rainier. Naches Peak seems custom made for peakbaggers as the climb to the summit can be made in less than an hour since it is less than a mile and about 1000 vertical feet from Chinook Pass to the summit. From the parking lot at Chinook Pass (5432 ft), follow the south section of Pacific Crest Trail over the bridge over the highway. Fifty meters east of the bridge a climber's path diverges uphill (right) from the main Pacific Crest Trail. Follow the climber's path as it ascends meadows of the northwest ridge and avoid deadend spur trails along the path. Higher up on the ridge the path stays on the west side of the ridge until the final 100 feet which scramble along the top of the rocky ridge. Class 3 for much of the route except for some Class 4 moves to cross a rock gully to the final summit.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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