Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake


Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake

An overnight backpacking trip to one of the prettiest areas in Washington state. We will travel at a pace that allows for ample photo opportunities and gawking. This is a mentored lead for Sherrie Trecker.

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,045 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

Meet at Snowgrass Flats Trailhead at 9 AM. A national park pass is required. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead but there may be one at the nearby Berry Patch trailhead. 

Please note that while this trip is listed at 12.2 miles and 3,045’ of elevation gain, there is the opportunity to add ~8 miles and ~1,500’ of gain depending on group preferences. Please come prepared to do the minimum but open minded to enjoy more of what this beautiful area has to offer.


Day 1: approximately 6 miles, 2,000’ elevation to camp, with an option to add ~5.5 miles and 1000’ of additional elevation. We will meet at Snowgrass Flats trailhead at 9 AM. We will travel counter clockwise along the Snowgrass Flats trail for 4.9 miles, and then turn left on the Lily Basin Trail. This is the starting point of the Basin. We will find a place with great views to stop for a leisurely lunch and to set up camp. If the group is interested in doubling the distance, we can hike to Cispus Basin along the PCT for more jaw dropping views. A shorter option is meandering north on the PCT to closeup views of Old Snowy. 

Day 2: approximately 6 miles, 1,200’ of elevation, with option to add 2 miles. We will enjoy a nice breakfast before breaking down camp and then continuing our loop counter clockwise toward Goat Lake. Just after Goat Lake we will reach a spur trail where we can discuss whether we want to take a side hike to Hawkeye Point. We will continue down the Goat Ridge Trail to the Berry Patch trailhead and then take a short junction trail back to our cars at the Snowgrass Flats trailhead. 


Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

  • Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S

    Green Trails White Pass No. 303

    Green Trails Packwood No. 302

    USGS Hamilton Buttes

    USGS Walupt Lake

    USGS Packwood Lake

    USGS Old Snowy Mountain
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Microspikes (leader to confirm as event nears)
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