Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin


Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

Goats! Rocks! Wildflowers and marmots! Goat Rocks is one of the loveliest places in Washington state. This is a 12-mile loop with optional day hikes to Hawkeye Point and Cispus Basin. For those who are interested, we can do some navigation practice as well.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 19.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,045 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.5 mph

We will meet at the 9:15 a.m. at the Berry Patch Trailhead in Randle, WA:

Although the distances are not long, the Goat Rocks is fairly exposed and can be quite hot in summer.  Participants must have some prior backpacking experience and be physically prepared to complete this route.

Day 1: Hike a little over 4 miles to Jordan Basin and make camp. 1900' gain.

Day 2: Optional out and back to Hawkeye Point. (2 miles round trip, 741' gain and loss). Hike to Goat Lake (1.3 miles, 200' loss), then on to Alpine camp near Snowgrass Flats (2 miles, 400' loss).

Day 3: Optional out and back to Cispus Basin (4-6 miles round trip, 600' gain and loss). Pick up packs and head home. The final leg is 5 miles, 1,400' loss. We plan to be back at the cars by late afternoon.


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
  • See full route/place details.
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
  • Map and compass (I will provide a CalTopo map, but if you wish to purchase a map, I recommend Green Trails Map 303S for the Goat Rocks Wilderness)
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