Trip

Backpack - Snowgrass Flats, Cispus Basin, Old Snowy & Goat Lake

A strenuous 19 mile circuit through the Goat Rocks Wilderness, with a three-day, 19 mile and 4,600 foot total gain itinerary.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 24.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

6:30 a.m. Grady Park Way Park & Ride, RENTON, 207 South 7th St.

Driving directions from Grady Way Park and Ride lot

to Berry Patch TrailHead:

 

  • From the Grady Way P&R (207 South 7th Street in Renton):
  • Go south on Rainier Ave, which becomes Hwy 167.
  • Continue on Hwy 167 for about 12 miles, then take the exit for Hwy 18 east towards Auburn.
  • Go east on Hwy 18 for 1.5 miles, then take the exit for Hwy 164 east towards Enumclaw.
  • Get in the left lane and turn left onto WA 164/Auburn Way South.
  • Go 15 miles east on 164 to Enumclaw.
  • In Enumclaw, turn left onto WA 410/Roosevelt Ave. Pass the Safeway on your right (Starbucks and restrooms inside).
  • Continue east on Hwy 410, which bends and twists up the White River Valley. Pass Federation Forest State Park, Greenwater, and Buck Creek.
  • At the intersection with Crystal Mountain road, keep going straight, now on Mather Memorial Parkway.
  • At the junction with the White River Road to Sunrise, take a slight R onto WA-123 S. Continue for 16 miles.
  • Turn R onto US-12 W. Continue for 7.6 miles to Packwood.
  • Continue W on US-12 for 2 miles, then turn L (south) onto Forest Road 21 (Johnson Creek Road).
  • Continue for 15.5 miles on this gravel road.
  • Turn L (east) onto FR 2150, signed Chambers Lake Campground.
  • Continue for 3 miles on FR 2150, then turn R onto Spur Road 2150-040. (NOTE: Stay on FR 2150; about ¾ mile along, shortly after crossing a creek, be sure to keep to  the left fork (right fork = FR-017, which soon leads to intersection with FR-016 & FS-2152)
  • Shortly, turn R again onto Spur 2150-405.
  • Continue to the TH (signed Berry Patch).

 

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and is eligible for B3 course graduation credit.

To avoid becoming lost among the admiring crowds, we will travel and camp in some of the less-visited parts of this popular area. While this is a strenuous trip, we will travel at a slow-to-moderate pace comfortable for all participants, taking occasional rest breaks as needed.

On Day 1, from the Berry Patch Trailhead, we will hike to our campsite in Cispus Basin, set up camp, then take a side trip to Cispus Pass (7 miles, about 2,800 ft elevation gain). On Day 2, we will hike through Snowgrass Flats and past Goat Lake, then continue along the Goat Ridge Trail to camp in the upper Jordan Basin (Goat Ridge Meadow) (6 miles, about 1,000 elevation gain). On Day 3, we will dayhike out to Hawkeye Point, then return to camp and continue down Goat Ridge to the trailhead (6 miles, about 800 ft elevation gain, including dayhike).

Maps: Green Trails White Pass No. 303, Packwood No. 302, Blue Lake No. 334, and Walupt Lake No. 335. Books: Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multiday Routes, by Craig Romano (No. 17 Goat Rocks: Cispus Basin); Backpacking Washington: From Volcanic Peaks to Rainforest Valleys, by Douglas Lorain (No. 21 Goat Rocks Circuit); 100 Classic Hikes in Washington, by Ira Spring and Harvey Manning (No. 75, Snowgrass Flat – Goat Ridge Loop).

Because wildlife is common in this area, I recommend that you use either an Ursack or bear canister. Plan to filter or treat your water. Consider bringing insect repellent because bugs are numerous in one lower section of the route in particular.

During the week before our trip, I will facilitate carpool arrangements. A Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency (America the Beautiful) Pass is required to park at the trailhead.

This trip may be canceled or moved if the weather or trail conditions are unsafe during the trip dates.

 

 

 

Route/Place

Snowgrass Flats, Cispus Basin, Old Snowy & Goat Lake



  • Green Trails Packwood No. 302

    Green Trails Walupt Lake No. 335

    Green Trails White Pass No. 303

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