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Dewey Lake, Tipsoo Lake-Naches Peak Loop

Jul 22, 2013

by Aya last modified Jul 26, 2013 12:11 AM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Dewey Lake
Region: South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
Agency: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Trails: Dewey Lakes (#968)
Avg Rating: 3.54
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Hike: Tipsoo Lake-Naches Peak Loop
Region: Mt. Rainier -- SW - Cayuse Pass / Steven's Canyon
Agency: Mount Rainier National Park
Avg Rating: 4.16
Hiking Companions
Hiked with a dog
Why You Should Go Now
Wildflowers blooming
Be Aware Of
Right as we reach Dewey Lake.
Wow! What a beautiful spot. I've hiked in the Mt. Rainier area quite a bit but never up in Chinook Pass. Such a beautiful spot. World class views, no crowds, no park fee. The wildflowers are awesome right now. The variety is amazing! Just a few tiny spots of snow for the doggies to cool off in. Dewey Lake was perfect for a swim; do not miss out on that! Killer mosquitos though, so get your boots back on and get moving fast! Otherwise, no bugs whatsoever.
Here's my big complaint... We parked at Tipsoo Lake, walked across the road, and the only trail we could find was the Naches Peak Loop. There was also a sign right there pointing the way to the PCT and saying Dewey Lake was 3 miles out, so we thought we were in the right place. Unfortunately, there were several signs saying no dogs. We couldn't really leave the dogs in the car, so we decided to just make sure to keep them close, on leash, and on the trail. We actually ran in to two other parties that expressed the same confusion. Another dog-less couple mentioned that if you drive up the highway another 2 miles or so, you can just get straight on the PCT, which is dog-friendly of course. Oops. Anyway, Naches Peak is NOT DOG FRIENDLY.
We were surprised by the crowds. It was like a weekend! They thinned out after about a mile though.
Trail in excellent shape.
Also, I think there's much more that 600 ft of total elevation gain. You gradually climb up to the top of a hill (see photo#4), then drop down and down to the lake. Not hard though!
Looking down on Dewey Lake.
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NO dogs are allowed in National Park areas.

Posted by happyhiker2 at Jul 23, 2013 05:25 PM
NO dogs are allowed in the National Park areas (MORA) whether you keep them close/on-leash or not.
Dewey Lake is in the NF section and Tipsoo Lake - Naches Peak Loop is in the NP section. You can take your dogs in the NF section but not in the NP section.
If there are signs saying "no dogs", then please "no dogs", even it's too hard to leave the trail.

dewwy lake

Posted by curious george at Jul 23, 2013 05:25 PM
As soon as you crest Chinook Pass there's parking on the left side of the road and the trail will take you over the wooden bridge and onto the PCT.

Very confusing directions for dog owners!

Posted by heatherkaluza at Jul 26, 2013 12:11 AM
We had the same issue last weekend. Parked at Tipsoo Lake and started walking out of the parking lot with our dogs. Someone working for the parks was there and directed us down the highway a little bit to another parking lot. We picked up the PCT there, it was actually a very pretty hike that way!
Just very annoying when it says this is a dog friendly hike, to have wrong directions!

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