Tipsoo Lake-Naches Peak Loop Snowshoe Redux

  • November 23, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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For those of you that missed last Saturday's snowshoe at Naches Peak, I have decided to do it again this Saturday.  The WSDOT just reopened Chinook Pass at 12:00 PM today (Wednesday) after closing it at 1:30 AM Sunday morning.  The forecast is for sunny skies and temps in the upper 30's, which is much better than last weeks overcast skies and mid 20 temps.  We should even get a view of Mount Rainier this time.  Afterwards, we may stop somewhere for hot chocolate or dinner.  I will need up to 3 people 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 mostly sunny.

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: 4.0 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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  • Mike T.

    GREAT photos everyone!!!

    2 · November 25, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Robert, I just found your GPS in my car.

    November 24, 2013

  • Keith

    Absolutely a perfect day and a scenic hike. This was my first Meetup, and I'll definitely be doing more. I enjoyed meeting you all and I'll see you again soon.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Lin

    Without question, this was an A+ Day of Snowshoeing near Mt. Rainier. Beautiful people and beautiful photos.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Monica L

    So worth the early morning! Looking forward to all the other excursions we talked about. Fantastic time all around.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Lena

    Awesome! Amazing day and beautiful hike. Thank you so much for organizing!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Robert, I cabt find you on FB. Maybe you and others can try to find me .. Lisa alley

    November 23, 2013

  • Mirek

    Perfect snowshoe trip with some great people! Incredible weather and views, one of the best snowshoe trips ever and makes me look forward to a great season. It was great to meet and hike with everybody.

    2 · November 23, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Spectacular day! Loved seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Such a great group. I hope to take a raincheck on the dinner afterwards. Sorry I missed it as I would love to have gotten to know everyone even more.

    2 · November 23, 2013

  • Donna

    Fabulous day! Great hike and great company.

    3 · November 23, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Leaving west seattle now, might be just on time[masked]

    November 23, 2013

  • Lee J.

    Robert: are you counting on me to provide some of the transportation? At this point, I'm planning on meeting at the P&R, but if for any reason you have enough cars as is, I probably would just go straight to the trailhead. Would save me some driving. But if I don't hear from you, I will come to the P&R. Thanks.

    November 22, 2013

  • Lena

    Anybody coming from Olympia?

    November 21, 2013

    • Donna

      Lena, I am driving from Tumwater. (Crosby above SPSCC), right near the hwy 101 and I5 junction. Was planning to leave at about 6:30 to allow time to get coffee. Want to carpool?

      November 22, 2013

    • Lena

      Thank you for inviting. Maybe some other time. Something came up and I plan to go to Tacoma after the hike.

      November 22, 2013

  • Vivian J

    BOO! HOO! Change in plans I can't go after all.

    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Once again I'm wary of the hike. I'm slow especially so at mile high...plus I've never snow.shoed before. With that glowing description of my fitness...I would love to go if you think you can handle a newby.

    November 20, 2013

    • Lisa A.

      Don't be wary. You will do just great like Robert said. I was lucky to hike with Robert this Summer and it was a nice pace. I'm looking forward to it!

      November 21, 2013

    • Mirek

      Hi Theresa, I will help if needed. And if the weather forecast holds, I will most likely be hiking at a photographer's pace!

      November 22, 2013

  • Moira

    Dang ... I wanted to do this last time and this time!!! I am already going to another snowshoe.... Good job posting snowshoe events Robert!!! Catchya next time :)

    November 20, 2013

  • Vivian J

    So glad you're redoing this hike I really wanted to do it last week but had a previous commitment Thanks

    November 20, 2013

  • Julie L

    I really want to go on this too! Should be a beautiful day, but will be in Oregon this weekend. Have fun again!

    November 20, 2013

  • Lena

    So glad you posted this again!

    November 20, 2013

  • Danene

    oh man....I so want to go on this. Wish I didn't already have other plans. Have fun.

    November 20, 2013

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