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17 July 2015 – Naches Loop Trail.  What a wonderful hike.  The mountain flowers were blooming in the meadows.  The song birds were at full pitch.  The huckleberries were ripe.  The views could not have been more stunning.

We started early to ensure we had a full day on the trail.  From our house it takes about 2.5 hours to get deep into Mt. Rainier National Park where some of the best hiking in the world lies.  We had previously visited Lake Tipsoo but had not done the loop trail – which was the goal of the day.  Our previous visit in 2011 to Tipsoo focused on the flowers and the mountain views.

Isabella, Sherrie, and Lucas at Lake Tispoo in 2011

Isabella, Sherrie, and Lucas at Lake Tispoo in 2011

Isabella, Sergio, and Lucas at Lake Tipsoo in 2011

Isabella, Sergio, and Lucas at Lake Tipsoo in 2011

Lucas, Sergio, Aurelia, and Isabella at Lake Tipsoo in 2015

Lucas, Sergio, Aurelia, and Isabella at Lake Tipsoo in 2015

After a quick lunch of sandwiches, strawberries, and juice boxes we started on the trail which begins on along the Pacific Crest Trail before splitting off to the South.  The trail is very well maintained and circles around Naches Peak with beautiful views of the valleys, Lake Douglas, and surrounding mountains.

Lucas and Aurelia Heading Up Naches Loop Trail

Lucas and Aurelia Heading Up Naches Loop Trail

Lake Douglas and valley

Lake Douglas and valley

After Lake Douglas the huckleberries go thick – and ripe!  We couldn’t help ourselves and spent at least an hour picking and eating 🙂 Thanks to berry bags we keep in Isabella’s backpack we brought many home for ice cream toppings.

Isabella, Aurelia, and Lucas pick huckleberries along the Naches Loop Trail

Isabella, Aurelia, and Lucas pick huckleberries along the Naches Loop Trail

Ripe huckleberries along the Naches Loop Trail

Ripe huckleberries along the Naches Loop Trail

Hucklberry picking stains the hands!

Hucklberry picking stains the hands!

Of course, the mountain views were spectacular – Mt. Rainier was close and Mt. Baker in the distance.  It was a wonderful hike

Mt. Baker as seen from the Naches Loop Trail

Mt. Baker as seen from the Naches Loop Trail

Mt. Rainier from Naches Loop Trail

Mt. Rainier from Naches Loop Trail

Sergio, Lucas, Isabella, Sherrie, and Giuliana on the Naches Loop Trail with Mt. Rainier

Sergio, Lucas, Isabella, Sherrie, and Giuliana on the Naches Loop Trail with Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Panorama

Mt. Rainier Panorama

Mt. Rainier and mountain meadow

Mt. Rainier and mountain meadow

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