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Tipsoo Lake-Naches Peak Loop Snowshoe

  • Nov 16, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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Let's snowshoe the Naches Peak Trail before Chinook Pass and Cayuse Pass close for the winter.  There is currently 12 inches of snow at Chinook Pass.  A major weather system is forecast for Friday, so the snow totals could change by as much as two feet.  Afterwards, we may stop somewhere for hot chocolate or dinner.  I will need up to 3 people willing to drive.

Note: A winter storm warning is in effect from 4:00 AM Friday to 6:00 AM Saturday.  Snow accumulations at Mount Rainier will be around two feet, with the snow level falling to 1,500 feet by Saturday.  This may be enough to close Cayuse and Chinook Pass or make driving there challenging.  It may also delay the scheduled 9:00 AM opening of the gate between Longmire and Paradise.  If both are closed, there should be sufficient snow at Longmire to start the snowshoe there.  I will make a final decision as to destination at the Park & Ride Saturday after checking the pass reports and talking to those who are willing to drive.

This is a weather permitting event.  Rain (50% or greater chance) will cancel.  Rain showers, snow showers, or snow will not.  The current forecast is for an 80% chance of snow showers.

Excerpt from “Day Hiking Mount Rainier,” by Dan A. Nelson

The loop trail leaving Tipsoo Lake meanders through meadows that offer some of the best views of Mount Rainier found anywhere. The route is relatively flat--it rolls up and down but has no ridiculously steep sections and only a few real climbs. The route takes advantage of the Pacific Crest Trail, as well as some of the heavily used tourist trails around Tipsoo Lake. Don't expect quiet solitude here, though the beauty of the terrain you pass through offsets any worries about crowds.

• Trailhead ETA: 9:30 am.            • Round Trip: 3.4 miles.

• Starting Elevation: 5,320 feet.  • Ascent Elevation: 560 feet.

• High Point: 5,880 feet.               • Difficulty: Easy/moderate.

• Pace: Slow/moderate.                 • Snowshoe Time: 3.5 hours.

• Special Features: Lakes, mountain views.

• Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270 and Bumping Lake, No. 271.

• GPS: N[masked], W121 31.055.

What to Bring: Day pack with the 10 Essentials, appropriate snowshoe attire (no blue jeans, cotton clothing, or sneakers), snowshoes, gaiters, gloves, plenty of water, lunch/energy snacks, sturdy/comfortable shoes + a bag for wet/soiled pairs, trekking poles, sun preventatives, and your camera! Dress according to the forecast (layers!).

Contact: Longmire Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-6575.

Permits/Regulations: $15 per vehicle for a 7-day entrance permit or $30 per vehicle for an annual pass. Group size limited to twelve. Fires prohibited. Dogs prohibited.

All vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling in the park during the winter season (Nov 1 - May 1). This requirement applies to all vehicles (including four-wheel drive), regardless of tire type or weather conditions.

Getting there: From Enumclaw, drive east about 47 miles on State Route 410 to the junction with SR 123.  Stay left to continue east on SR 410 another 3 miles.  Park in the Tipsoo Lake parking lot on your left just past the footbridge marking Chinook Pass.

Useful Links: 7-Day Weather Forecast

Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center

• Naches Peak

• Hiking Guide Description and Trip Reports

Robert's Cell: (253) 677-6992.

Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe. Signing up for any Trailside organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless all Trailside Organizers and Leaders in the event of injury or loss.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I just loaded some photos from Sat adventure. Everyone took great photos !!

    November 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Steph, I signed up for a snow shoe walk again on Sat Dec 21st up to Paradise. This time with South Sounders on the Go. I would love to have you join us that day if no other obligations for plans. Look for it on the Meetup page.

      December 2, 2013

    • Steph

      Hey Matt-thanks for letting me know about the next adventure. I would've loved to go but I have a couple holiday parties I am already going to; one is for a nurse friend I used to work with at the hospital that is retiring. Thanks for thinking of me and let me know when there are some more hikes in Jan. after the holidays. Again, thanks for the thought and hope you have a good time. Be safe and a word of advice, if you ride with Chuck again, be sure to bring a helmet. HA! (If Lisa is reading this I am sure her heart rate went from 80 to 287 thinking about that)!

      December 3, 2013

  • Steph

    Good times good people!

    November 21, 2013

  • Gayle M

    Glad we saw you guys at Nachese Tavern having some libations. I'm glad that the white out was only lower on the pass and not with you on the trail. Hopefully next time we can actually get to hike with y'all :-)

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    primo. and a great and fun crowd to boot

    November 17, 2013

    • Steph

      Hey Matt-it was great meeting you and I hope we will get the chance to hike again soon. Good times and laughs FOR SURE! Good luck to you my friend. Cheers! Steph

      November 18, 2013

  • Troy D.

    I had a great time ... Good bunch of people ... Trail was allittle crusty with some powder on top in a few places .. but the snow shoes bit into the ice really well ..

    November 16, 2013

    • Steph

      Hey Troy-so good to meet you too. I had a fabulous time and I hope we all can hike again someday soon. I agree, it was a good bunch of people Good times, good laughs, and forever good memories! That is what life is about. Again, great to meet you and hopefully we will get a chance to hike again soon. Cheers! Steph

      November 17, 2013

  • Gayle M

    White out conditions near the top... Opted for Bullion Basin

    November 16, 2013

  • Gayle M

    Hey Robert glad we talked, on our way and will see you at the arch parking lot @ Tipsoo/Naches. Poohbah says hi!

    November 16, 2013

  • Cathy

    I'm sorry for the short notice, but it looks like I get to deal with a flat tire instead of snowshoeing today. : ( I'm looking forward to the next opportunity tho.

    November 16, 2013

  • Lena

    Have to cancel, good luck to you all.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will offer to drive if needed. I have a Honda Accord and have tire cables to use if needed. I can take 2 others with me.

    November 15, 2013

  • Julie L

    Had to cancel, but looking forward to next time. Have fun :)

    November 15, 2013

  • Ed S

    Sorry to say im unable to go, but ready for the next one.

    November 15, 2013

  • Robert A

    As of 1:00 PM, Chinook Pass is mostly bare and wet with snow and slush in places. The heaviest snowfall should occur this afternoon through early Saturday morning, with the highest amounts near Stevens Pass.

    November 15, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    I can carry four passengers in my Land Rover, and I don"t mind driving in the snow.

    November 15, 2013

  • Steph

    Hey-I am on the waiting list but I am going to show up at the park-and-ride anyway and hopefully be able to go with you guys. See you all at 0730 hrs tomorrow. I have a van so I can transport 8 in my vehicle. See you all tomorrow. Thanks. Steph

    November 15, 2013

  • Kelly

    Sorry can't make it. Family function came up.

    November 15, 2013

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