On one of our days in Mount Rainier National Park we visited the Tipsoo Lake area which is really beautiful. We left early enough in the morning (around 8.30am), took a picnic so we didn't have to rush to go back. When we got there, we were one of the only ones there...only a few other cars were in the parking lot at this time.
From the parking lot you can just follow the trails that you are interested in. There just the Tipsoo Lake Loop trail and this is worth it for a nice stroll. You get the best view from the further lake towards Mount Rainier. From here you can also follow a trail that is part of the Naches Peak Loop Trail if that's the trail you'd want to do. We started at the smallest lake near the parking lot, kept following the trail and soon got to Tipsoo Lake. We walked around the lake and from here we had beautiful views of Mount Rainier and Yakima Peak. We happened to be there when the wild flowers were in full bloom and wow that made everything even prettier. It was hot and sunny, but up here it was fairly comfortable without too many bugs buzzing around and very little people as well.
We really enjoyed our y day at this lake as it is so serene and so beautiful. I loved how calm it was and how the wild flowers surrounded the lake. We ended up following a short part of the Naches Peak Loop Trail and went across the highway. To our surprise we bumped into beautiful Upper Tipsoo Lake...wow, this was so beautiful as well. So, if you have some time and you are at Tipsoo Lake make the short walk across the highway to walk around Upper Tipsoo Lake. I thought it was very beautiful here and very serene as well!
We stayed in Packwood so we followed highway US 12 north, you will come to a junction to turn left onto highway WA 123 towards Mount Rainier NP. Follow the 123 for about 16 miles until you see a sigh to turn right onto Highway WA 410. Drive about 3 miles and you will see a big parking lot on the left. This is where we parked, but you can park further up too along the road...there are only few parking spots here though.
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