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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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A 3.6-mile trail offering great views of Mt. Rainier.

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Easy Hike with Good Views off the Beaten Path

The loop trail around Tipsoo Lake is a mostly flat, easy trail approximately 0.6 miles (1.0k) long starting from the parking lot and picnic area with pit toilets that is located... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Steve1362
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Avon, Ohio
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Quezon City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a nice stop if you have kids and want to walk around or take them for a hike. The trail is easy enough but provides a great view of Mt. Rainier and Naches Peak. If you miss it, it's ok. There are other places on the Mt. Rainier loop with more to offer.

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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The loop trail around Tipsoo Lake is a mostly flat, easy trail approximately 0.6 miles (1.0k) long starting from the parking lot and picnic area with pit toilets that is located on Hwy 410, 0.5 miles (0.8k) west of the remote Chinook Pass entrance to the park or about 2.9 miles (4.7k) east of Hwy 410’s intersection with Hwy 123.... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is a good place to visit for spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, and for one of the best wildflower meadows you'll find anywhere. We were here in late June 2015, and the warm winter and spring brought the wildflowers into full bloom early. I could have spent the whole day there, walking the trails and photographing the flowers. It's... More 

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Yakima, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

The best time to visit would be at the end of July when the snow is mostly gone and the wildflowers are blooming. It is an easy walk around the lake that even young children would enjoy. There are picnic tables if you want to eat lunch there as well.

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Thank 500spencer
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Had an out of state visitor in tow for a trip up to Mt Rainier today. Beautiful clear day and we parked above Tipsoo Lake and took in the excellent view and mountain air. A must stop for anyone driving 410 between Yakima and Buckley

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

This is a perfect hike for those who are not avid hikers or (like us) not in marathon training shape! Started at the parking lot and did the loop. Took a couple bottles of water and some snacks. When we got back to the parking lot we sat at one of the picnic benches and had a picnic. It took... More 

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Monroe, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a great and popular hike. It's about 3 miles and and starts off with a incline, but overall the trails incline is gradual. The first 1.6 miles of the hike you see beautiful wild flowers and a beautiful lake. We stopped there for pictures and there's a nice big rock you can sit on and have a snack.... More 

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Aarhus, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The views were really nice from Lake Tipsoo. A good place for a first stop arriving in Mt Rainier NP from Yakima.

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seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Many people head to Mount Rainier National Park having seen pictures of the park including Lake Tipsoo at sunrise or sunset. This area is easily accessed during the spring and summer season via Highway 410. You can then further explore Rainier via the Sunrise or Stevens Canyon entrances. Ok now the surprises. First off there are actually two lakes. The... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The fact that Lake Tipsoo is on the (relatively) beaten path does not disqualify it from being a truly unique Northwest beauty spot and icon. It's a quick and easy destination to bring visitors to get a glimpse of the stunning beauty of Mt. Rainier and western Washington generally. It takes your breath away.

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