I had the best time photographing this sweet Mount Rainier anniversary session at Naches Peak Loop. Naches Peak Loop is short, looped hiking trail with views of lakes & Mount Rainier, plus wildflowers like blue lupine! It is so gorgeous and I would highly recommend visiting when inside the park! Amanda and Cody were a breeze to work with and made this evening so special. We met up at the loop right before sunset to get that beautiful golden light coming through the pine trees above. There wasn’t a person in sight and were able to have the entire space to ourselves to create magic.
Naches Peak Loop is one of the most beautiful and easily accessed trails in the central Cascades. Passing through Mount Rainier National Park and the William O. Douglas Wilderness in Wenatchee National Forest, and joining the Pacific Crest Trail for a spell, the hike circles its 6,400′ namesake peak with views in every directions. Summer wildflowers create a picturesque foreground for mighty volcanoes in the distance, and fall huckleberries attract hungry bears.
Start at the trailhead east of the Tipsoo Lake parking lot and head left at the junction to hike the loop clockwise. This will give the best views of Mount Rainier. If the parking lot is full, look for a space along the highway shoulder (designated parking) or just over Chinook Pass in a large parking lot. It is easy to find the trail no matter where you start.
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