Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin


Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

Let's avoid the usual week-end crowd to enjoy a mid-week 2 nights backpack in this fantastic part of the Cascades. You can expect incredible views of Mount Rainier, Adams and St. Helens, flowers, waterfalls...and some mosquitos. COVID full vaccination is required

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 30.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Plan is to meet in the morning (around 9:30am) at the trailhead, hike to Snowgrass field and set up camp. In the afternoon we will hike to Cispus Basin and up to Cispus pass if trail conditions are good (snow free). 

The next day we will hike to the PCT towards Old Snowy (but we won't scramble) to  enjoy the views of the 3 volcanos, in the afternoon we'll hike to Goat Lake

Finally on the third day, we'll pack hike back to the trailhead. 

I will provide more details close to the hike. 

We may cross some snowfield hiking towards the Old Snowy, so I recommend (not required) to bring micro-spikes.  


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
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