After setting up camp next to a wonderful… There are about 10 campsites along here. If you have two cars you can drop one at this trailhead to save the 0.75 mile flat walk back to Berry Flats. We lucked out and had basically no wind and a moon so full that our headlamps weren’t necessary. Snowgrass Flat Map & Directions. Lots of water opportunities along this loop for the dog. This region is becoming pretty popular so the earlier you get here the better of a chance you will have to get a site. My friend and I left Berry Patch TH at around 9:30am and noticed only a few spots left. Expect parking lots and camp spots to fill early, even on the weekdays. Did a weekend (9/20-21) backpack at the Goat Rocks Wilderness in southern WA (just south of the town Packwood). Guidebooks: Best Loop Hikes Washington by Dan Nelson & Alan Bauer (Mountaineers Books); 100 Hikes in Washington's South Cascades & Olympics by Ira Spring & Harvey Manning (Mountaineers Books). Spend two nights at Snowgrass Flats this weekend. Between Goat Lakeand Snowgrass Flatsis an excellent alpine area. The trail itself was lovely. St. Helens in the distance. My girlfriend and I planned a two night backpack through this area. Expect parking lots and camp spots to fill early, even on the weekdays. Snowgrass Flat – Goat Lake Loop is 13-miles round trip and climbs a total of 1900 feet in elevation – perfect for an overnight backpacking trip, even for a first-time backpacker. Was lucky enough to also get to see two families of Mountain Goats as well one group with babies! I was glad I was running on by and not camping. View fullsize. Type of Hike Day hike. Hiking to Snowgrass Flats is like the first chapter in a compelling book that is so good you don’t want it to end and once you get to Snowgrass Flats you won’t want to leave. Saw 5 other camps that stayed the night but there was plenty of room for everyone and honestly we didn’t hear or see folks much once evening had hit the night before. It’s exposed camping up at Goat lake though so bring warm clothes in case you don’t get as lucky as us with the wind. This is the 2nd time I'm there (last time was just a month before). The Snowgrass Flats (Trail No. Absolutely incredible! Washington Trails Association We went down to the Goat Rocks Wilderness to do the loop hike to Goat Lake and Snowgrass Flats. If you love pristine wilderness and beautiful views of major mountains and broad green meadows, this hike is for you. Goat Rocks Wilderness. Here you will notice campsites all around. The trail connects to Snowgrass Trail where the route heads left up to the Pacific Crest Trail. Follow the signs carefully when you park. This is the first beautiful meadow of wildflowers you will come to. Unfortunately the smoked came in and erased the views. I hiked 5 miles from the trailhead and camped near Alpine camp, just west of Snowgrass Flat. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 2150 and go for 3.5 miles. Take 96 through Snowgrass Flats up to the PCT, then along the PCT until you can see Goat Lake. Goat Lake + Snowgrass Flats Goat Rocks Wilderness - South Cascades Round trip: 12+ miles Highest pt: 6,600 ft. View fullsize. A long hike into some very beautiful country and awesome NW vistas. If you go to Elk Pass and back, you'd be adding another 10 miles. Or continue past the Snowgrass Flat sign 0.6 mile to the Berry Patch Trail head (4,700 ft). When you reach Snowgrass Flats take the trail to your right as it crosses a meadow of wildflowers via a trail deeply rutted into the ground. 96) in the Goat Rocks Wilderness outside of Randle is a favorite of wildflower enthusiasts who prefer their wildflower displays served with solitude. You can return in the middle of the Knife Edge, that would be a couple of miles less. The hike up to Hawkeye Point is a nice, easy side trip with a great view. did this hike on the weekend of the 2nd. If not, don't worry, it's super easy. Congratulate yourself as you have reached the highpoint of the trip and almost the entire return is downhill. There is a large rock directly in the middle of the road a few miles in from where you turn off just past Packwood FSR 21 plenty of room both sides around it though. South Cascades. 10024 U.S. 12 SUMMARY: The Goat Lake loop is about 14 miles. We arrived at Goat Lake around 1:30-2pm and took a quick dip in the very cold water and basked in the sun before setting up camp in one of the designated spots just south of the lake on the cliff point. If you do this loop clockwise then pack lots of water. We decided to rest on the lake with beautiful color and swam. Did a weekend (9/20-21) backpack at the Goat Rocks Wilderness in southern WA (just south of the town Packwood). This is a loop. You'll head on trail 7A back to Snowgrass and while on the trail, you'll have a 2-3 foot deep river which you'll have to ford. Tel: 360.497.1100. This hike to Goat Lake via Goat Ridge follows Trail #95 from the Trail Head on Forest Road #2150.040 near what is referred to as the Berry Patch. I'm not sure why I haven't explored this area more, I'll definitely be going back! Not too challenging, especially if you start the loop counter-clockwise, completed the loop in 5 hours. This trail is very popular so if you want a good spot to camp I highly suggest going early in the morning and getting started on your way up to Goat Lake. Look at the other side of the valley. The gentleman ended up getting flown out from goat lake around 9pm and people are working on rescuing his horse today. I highly recommend this for international and out-of-state adventurers as this has a little bit of everything Washington has to offer. This was hands-down the best backcountry outing I've had since moving to the PNW 6 years ago. This trail is good choice for backpacking - many many nice spots for camping with water access. For backpackers, there are camping areas on the Bypass Trail, just past Snowgrass Flat (please preserve the meadows by not camping there). From there it’s a slow gradual climb along the meadows and the valley wall to the lake. Once you hit Walput Lake, it's about another 6 miles to Snowgrass Flats. At the southern end of the lake is a beautiful waterfall cascading down into the valley below. The huckleberry leaves are turning red in the Snowgrass Flat and in the meadows. Set up your tent and get ready for one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see illuminating Mt. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Thank goodness! ... Snowgrass Flats is a 10-plus acre subalpine meadow located in a bowl near the headwaters of Snowgrass Creek. We were down and on the road by 11am or so. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. From the town of Randle drive 14 miles east on Highway 12 to Forest Service Road 21. fall colors were out! Mountain goats, marmots and monumental mountains – oh my! Semi-Permanent Snow Field. Looped counter clockwise and attempted to summit Old Snowy on the middle day. Hawkeye Point, Goat Lake, and Mt. If you camp or have the time, do take the opportunity to hike up to the PCT and wander about for a bit. Go Hiking Trip Reports Snowgrass #96,Goat Ridge #95. Drive 1 mile and turn left at the fork onto the unsigned Forest Road 2150. A couple hundred feet above the lake and traverse across the top of the valley from Goat Ridge. No mountain goats or elk, but plenty of marmots! Just above you a couple hundred feet is goat lake which is frozen well into the summer most years. At the Snowgrass Flats TH, fill out your wilderness permit and then head up on Snowgrass Hiker Trail (#96A). This lake is usually frozen well into the summer, although it's not advisable to trek out onto it at any time of the year. You'll pass by a couple pretty alpine pools of of water and if you look across the valley you may see herds of elk. Despite it's popularity everyone was able to spread out though and have their own spaces. Turn east onto Forest Road 21, continue 13 miles, and turn left at the Snowgrass Trail/Chamber Lake sign. No issues parking. Overall the trail was in good condition, a good amount of snow at this time of year, lots of good campsites, and lots of streams to fill water bottles at. The late afternoon sunlight illuminates makes for some fantastic picture-taking. Overall incredible trip! After the crappy weather during Labor Day weekend this year, and after sitting around the house all day Saturday feeling sorry for myself because I gave up on an attempt to hike the Loowit Trail around Mt St Helens, I got up Sunday and drove myself down to the Goat Rocks for a Snowgrass Flat / Goat Lake loop day hike. Rainier from ridge above Packwood Glacier. If you love pristine wilderness and beautiful views of major mountains and broad green meadows, this hike is for you. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Both are jam packed with cars parked along the roadway. Even though the trail climbs steeply (1400 ft. in 1.5 miles), the views gradually reveal themselves and a large waterfall provides a short sidetrip. This is a header portlet!!! Goat Lake, Snowgrass Flat In Goat Rocks Wilderness. The road to the trail is headache! South Cascades -- Goat Rocks. We were planning to spend four nights on this trip, but the weather made slight changes to those plans. It starts out gently traversing through the trees before getting down to business after crossing Goat Creek. Goat Lake thaws into an aqua blue color Continue on Lilly Basin Trail for 3 miles through Snowgrass flats through thick wildflower gardens and spectacular views of Mt. To everyone on the trail that passed by us late afternoon 10/18 while we were assisting the man who fell off goat ridge with his horse - thank you for all of the donated bivies! Guidebooks & Maps. This waterfall can be a little tricky to cross with an overnight backpack so be careful. The cascading water of this one is very beautiful. If … Beautiful alpine meadows, vistas, distant peaks (Rainier & Helens), waterfalls, and easily the most turquoise lake I've ever seen in my life. The forest road up to the trail head is actually in really good shape for a dirt road easily able to drive it in a front wheel drive car. Print. The best option is to hike the trail counter-clockwise, heading first to Snowgrass Flats. View fullsize. You'll notice that what you are heading towards is a depression at the top of the valley. As you head above treeline, the mountains around you reveal themselves in all of their glory and tarns and Goat Lake reflect the beauty. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Snowgrass Flats and Goat Lake Loop Trail is a 12.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. She got a bit too snowy where you leave the PCT to go up, just near the top, so we didn't quite make it. At the trailhead area for the Goat Ridge Trail, take the side trail one-half mile back to the Snowgrass Flats trailhead to complete the loop. The trail is not well signed, so it's best if you have a compass. A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here. Trip Report. Follow the signs to Berry Patch Trailhead. Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station awesome trail!!! 10/10; I will definitely be back in the future for an overnight on the 3 loop trail! There are about 4-5 campsites in this area. Adams dominates the view to the south. Following the Lily Basin Trail, in the next 1.5 miles, are about 10 of … Mt. Seattle, WA 98104. There may be snow in this area so look carefully for the trail exit at what looks like the edge of the meadow you are in. Wonderful day in the Goat Rocks! Enjoy the flowers! It starts out gently traversing through the trees before getting down to business after crossing Goat Creek. If you summit Old Snowy, add ~1.5 miles. I’ll be back! What you are actually walking through is a deep layer of rich volcanic ash from the 1980 St. Helens eruption that supports a wide variety of wildflowers. You've accomplished most of the climbing by this point. The loop passes through old-growth forests, alpine meadows, and rocky crests. Good little up hill portion before the jaw dropping my beautiful meadows of Sungrass Flats. Road access wasn’t bad. Bring a layer up though, it gets windy on the ridge. Obtaining an overnight camping spot at Goat Lake is a gamble based on its popularity, however, and you'll find a lot more backcountry campsite options along the Pacific Crest Trail, which is best directly accessed via the Snowgrass Trail. Insanely busy on Labor Day weekend (during COVID), not sure if it’s always this crowded. Lots of mountain goats above the lake and tons of marmots around dinner time and in the morning. It's all jaw-dropping fun to the pass that descends into the Jordan Basin. Location: South Cascades - Goat RocksDistance: 8 miles to the Flats; 13 mile loop tripElevation: Flats - 1200 ft. gain to 5830; Loop - 1900 ft. to 6500Maps: USFS Goat Rocks Wilderness; Green Trails #335 Walupt Lake, #303 White Pass, #302 Packwood, #334 Blue Lake. Two miles before Packwood, turn south on FR 21 - the Johnson Creek Road. Was wonderful day, a lot of birds around. LB and Hosey Hiked Jul 31, 2005. From the Chambers Lake/Snowgrass Trailhead you can choose to ascend up to Goat Lake either via the Snowgrass Trail or via Goat Ridge. Multiple marmots and goats. Beautiful views, nice trail, will be doing this again. I highly recommend this trail it's in great shape. Drive US 12 to 3 miles south of Packwood. Even though the trail climbs steeply (1400 ft. in 1.5 miles), the views gradually reveal themselves and a large waterfall provides a short sidetrip. Bring extra socks and even gators. We went counter clockwise. Here is a nice stream crossing where you can stop for a rest and cool off. Take a look at the towering peaks around you. This is the 2nd time I'm there (last time was just a month before). And no wind. The huckleberry leaves are turning red in the Snowgrass Flat and in the meadows. It was rainy, cold, and windy which made for a tough set up and wet night of sleep. Take 96 through Snowgrass Flats up to the PCT, then along the PCT until you can see Goat Lake. Keep your eye out for marmots and mountain goats from this point on as well. Drop dead gorgeous views though, I definitely see why it’s a popular spot! But still incredible views! 21.09.2014. Just off the trail is a campsite that is worth exploring for a rest. From Randle, drive east on Hwy 12. Rainier, St. Helen's, Adams and the Goat Rocks range dominate the horizon. Turn right onto FS 21 and drive about 20 miles on the dirt road (all wheel drive is nice here). The elevation gain is gentle and gradual, the maintained path is well-signed, and … Take your time walking up into this glacial cirque called "Jordan Basin" and enjoy the flowers. When you get above it look back as the glacial meltwater is often a beautiful tourquoise color. You will start on the Walupt Lake Trail (#101) and a short distance from the campground, take Trail #98 (Nannie Ridge) as it branches off and climbs steeply northeast onto an open, scenic ridge top. Adams perfectly framed by the valley in pink alpenglow. Go early to make sure you get a good campsite. The trailhead is at road's end, signed "Berry Patch." Three night backpacking trip in the Snowgrass Flats/Lily Basin area in Goat Rocks Wilderness Day 1 – hike in to Snowgrass Flat/Lily Basin area. September 7th 2008 . Gifford Pinchot National Forest Fell in love with the high alpine ecosystem! (the usual like pot holes and wash boarding in areas). Back on the loop, it is about three additional miles to Goat Lake, where there are also campsites. After the crappy weather during Labor Day weekend this year, and after sitting around the house all day Saturday feeling sorry for myself because I gave up on an attempt to hike the Loowit Trail around Mt St Helens, I got up Sunday and drove myself down to the Goat Rocks for a Snowgrass Flat / Goat Lake loop day hike. The road was rough and we were on a service road for about 2 hrs. Snowgrass (#96) Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District. I went counterclockwise which made for a pleasant flat start the first few miles before starting uphill. Forgot to do a trip report for my one nighter with a buddy on this trail a few days before Labor Day weekend. On a clear day from this point you will have a great view of Mt. Took the detour up to the glacier beneath old snowy to get a good look at Mount Rainier. The trek to Goat Lake was easy with a lot of snow. Take a look through the trees for a glimpse of Mt. Goat Lake, Snowgrass Flat In Goat Rocks Wilderness. Sep 21, 2014. Snowgrass Flat. It is closer to 13 mi. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Walking up the side of this glacially carved valley away from Goat Lake is amazing. There are waterfalls cascading down everywhere with abundant wildflowers. Pretty challenging, but not too many switchbacks thankfully. I spent a fantastic 2 days in a solo trip in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Continue ~0.3 mile to the trailhead (4,600 ft). Hiking along the PCT beneath the Goat Rocks peaks is a real treat. The trail is actually longer. By far the most beautiful hike I've ever been on. Prepare for a large amount of flies near the lake. A good alternate hike would be to continue on the Snowgrass Trail, up to the PCT, and then north to Old Snowy and PCT Summit, which is the highest section of the PCT in Washington. It is also a dog-friendly trail. Taking the bypass trail, you will encounter some of the most amazing floral displays anywhere in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, if you get there in mid-July. Beautiful views of Mt Adams framed to our south. The Snowgrass, Goat Lake, and Old Snowy areas are the most crowded areas in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. It was perfect weather! Take 2150 about 3 miles to spur road 2150-040 - go right, then right again on spur road 2150-405. Enjoy! If you think it's nice at the Flats, the views from the PCT will take your breath away! Lots of sun so bring your hat and sunscreen but the views through this section were just wonderful. Beautiful trail. beautiful views, definitely more than worth it to summit old snowy. Goat Rocks Wilderness Snowgrass Flat and Goat Lake September 7th 2008. The first day was rainy with very scary wind overnight, followed by two days of incredible full sun! Long gravel road with some wash boarding in sections but pretty good shape overall. Northwest Forest Pass required. Lots of people coming up as we descended the west side of the loop which was totally dry. Woke up early and headed out before 8am so my buddies pup didn’t have to hike the dry half of the loop in the midday heat. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. The snow has melted, and it is the perfect time to experience the magic of the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Drive up was fine. ROUTE DESCRIPTION. Continue on 7A until you make it back to your car. Old Smokey from Goat Ridge However, the Miriam Fire was too much of a risk so we entered from the Berry Patch Trailhead via Goat Ridge and out by way of Snowgrass Flats. Adams in the distance. This is the beginning of the Snowgrass Flat area which contains many nice campsites and a stream for drinking water a short distance to the right (southeast). I also went up to Hawkview Point, which was worth it for the 360 and to see Rainier. After Goat Lake it’s all downhill and we ended up camping near the bridge over Goat River. This loop trip samples the best of the area - cool forests; bright wildflowers; and amazing views of all of volcanoes in the South Cascades. We were originally going to enter Goat Rocks from the north doing a loop by Lost Lake with a return on Trail 61 at Tieton Pass. I ran this with my dog, hit the trail at dawn to beat the heat and the crowds (somewhat). The first 4 miles of this hike is mostly in forested areas with limited views. The first day we walked in 3 miles and camped on the ridge. Snowgrass Flat is very very popular. This is where the trail is. Got Adams, St. Helens, and Rainier in one pano! A long hike into some very beautiful country and awesome NW vistas. Trailhead Co-ordinates: 46.4642, -121.5190 Open map in new window. Snowgrass Flats and Goat Lake Loop Trail is a 19.5 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Hiking along the PCT beneath the Goat Rocks peaks is a real treat. This is a very nice bridge over the cascading Goat Creek. Look towards the edge of this area. Okay, I had to get that awful alliteration out … Stayed for two nights so I could explore and also just to sit/relax and take in some of the very best views WA state has to offer. Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin The Goat Rocks are one of the most scenic view and flower extravaganzas in Washington and this 3-day, 12.5 mile strenuous backpack hits the high points, from a basecamp along the PCT near Snowgrass Flat. Goat Lake; Snowgrass Flat; Old Snowy Mountain - Elk Pass; Wow. It offers stunning views of … First 3 miles was easy - 1 hour. Goat Lake is a charming alpine lake that can be accessed via the Goat Rocks Trail #95 (going clockwise) or the Snowgrass Flats Trail #96 (going counter-clockwise). If your lucky and there is a breeze you won't be pestered by bugs but if it has been wet or it is early spring you may want to leave this low point of the valley and start heading uphill towards Snowgrass Flats. It’s about a 15-mile drive up gravel roads to the trail head, washboard in places. Trip Report By. Adams. Snowgrass Flat and Goat Lake . Everyone who worked to get him out of there safely made it down to berry patch parking lot by 1030 pm. 4.5 miles with 1,550 ft. gain. The Snowgrass, Goat Lake, and Old Snowy areas are the most crowded areas in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. If you didn't bring a tent, you will wish you had. At about 4 miles, just before entering Snowgrass Flats, bypass Trail #97 heads east as an alternate route allowing the hiker to do a loop hike. Randle, WA 98377 Great views of Adams. Everyone we passed was very respectful about creating space for social distancing. Take lots of photos! In today's video, I bring you along with me on one of the more beautiful hikes I have done. Stay right at the Chambers Lake turnoff. There are a ton of great campsites along the way. This 10.5-mile roundtrip hike to Goat Lake in the Goat Rocks Wilderness makes for a great overnight backpacking trip. The best option is to hike the trail counter-clockwise, heading first to Snowgrass Flats. The trail head is not the same as the trail head to Snowgrass Flats. Share. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 It will be 4.5 miles of up before you hit your first water source. Tents everywhere along the pretty trail miles though. Some folks had not mastered the cat-hole at Snowgrass Flats but mostly pristine campsites. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. We headed out counterclockwise on the loop due to having my buddies dog with us and wanting to have plenty of water sources for the hot day. Trailhead. This is a better place to camp than Goat Lake, because it is less windy and exposed to the weather if it gets bad. See weather forecast. Go 15.5 miles on FR 21 to FR 2150 (signed Chambers Lake Campground). The trip to Goat Lake starts at the Walupt Lake campground parking lot. Follow the signs another 2 miles to the Snowgrass Flats trailhead. This is one of the best sections of the trail. The towering mountain up the right is Hawkeye Point. First few miles were gradual, nice easy warm up passing by the turn off for the Snowgrass TH parking lot, etc. Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District (360) 497-1100. The trail stays open through the Jordan Basin before re-entering forest. You should have views back towards Adams as well. 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