Chinook Pass Summit & Tipsoo Lake - Visit Rainier
Wildflowers, mountains, and a lake.

Chinook Pass Summit & Tipsoo Lake

As you travel along the Chinook Scenic Byway, drive under the dramatic and historic log and stone archway marking the summit of Chinook Pass. This archway also serves as a pedestrian bridge for hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. This stretch of roadway is also named the Mather Memorial Parkway, honoring Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service.

Just a few hundred meters from the summit, discover stunning Tipsoo Lake. The view of Mt. Rainier reflected in Tipsoo Lake is one of the most photographed landscapes in the country. And, many photographers remark that the wildflowers at Tipsoo Lake rival anything found at Paradise. This little alpine gem is a breathtaking sight to behold. Hike the short nature trail around the lake and witness the outstanding views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. Another great idea; pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic area.