Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin


Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

2 Nights backpacking in the beautiful Snowgrass Basin with hikes to Cispus Basin/Pass, Goat Lake and Old Snowy. We will set up camp at Snowgrass basin and day hike to the different destinations. Being during the week should be less crowded. Overall we will hike around 20 miles in 3 days at leisure pace, taking pictures and enjoy the sceneries. Participants must be in good physical shape, having hiked recently 2,500 feet of elevation gain and 10 miles in a single day.

  • Strenuous
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 25.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

We will meet at the trailhead around 10:00am. More details as we get closer to the hike. 
America the Beautiful or National Forest pass required. 


  • Meet at the Snowgrass trailhead at 10:00 am to start hiking immediately after.
  • Hike along trail 96 to the Snowsgrass flats in direction of Goat Lake. This is the best spot to be close to reliable water sources.
  • Set up camp
  • Day hike to Goat Lake
  • Go back to camp


  • Day hike towards Old Snowy. It is too early in the season to go up to Old Snowy Mountain (7,600 feet), but there are plenty of incredible views (Adams, Saint Helens and Rainier in one view) and opportunities to take pictures
  • Hike to Cispus Basin in the afternoon. Possible hike to Cispus Pass if trail conditions are good (and energy level still high 😊)
  • That will be a long day (13+ miles) with significant elevation gain
  • Go back to camp


  • Hike back to the trailhead

There could be a lot mosquitoes. We may cross some snowfield, not particularly difficult but consider having 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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