Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Loop


Backpack - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Loop

Preference to Tacoma Introduction to Backpacking students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers to register on April 30.

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

Meet in Packwood at 8:30 am. 

Experience the beauty of Goat Rocks on this loop trail. Views of Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens can be seen along the way. A wilderness permit per group is needed, which is self-issued at the trailhead. Plan to meet in Packwood in the morning before heading to the trailhead. Exact meeting time and location will be provided to registered participants.

We will be hiking counterclockwise, set up camp, filter water for dinner and breakfast then hike to the Goat Lake and chill. 

Day 2. E ore the area, perhaps walk a section of the PCT then come back to our campsite and enjoy the views. 

Check out: Goat Lake

Completion of this trip may satisfy one of several iconic backpacking routes listed in the Gold, Silver, or Bronze Backpack badges. Award badges are open to any member to earn.  


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

To be discussed at lecture for Introduction to Backpacking course students.

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
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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