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

Hike into the lovely flowerfields of Cispus Basin in the heart of the Goat Rocks Wilderness, for a moderate/strenuous out-and-back backpack of 14.4 miles and 1950’ of gain.

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  • Sat, Aug 8, 2015 — Sun, Aug 9, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,950 ft

Meet at 8 am at the Berry Patch (Snowgrass Flats) trail head, located south of Packwood WA approx 3 hours from Seattle.  Google Map location:,-121.519/@47.0261648,-122.514821,9z/data=!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m1!4e1?hl=en

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 Backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.  

We will be starting at the Snowgrass Flat trailhead but taking the Bypass Trail to Cispus Basin where we will camp after 7.2 miles and 1950’ of gain.  Optional dayhikes beyond this point are possible if the group chooses.

The Goat Rocks Wilderness area is a highly sought-after destination and tends to be quite popular.  Though we will be taking a less popular route, there is still a good potential for company on our route.  Therefore it should be noted that we may have a good bit of competition for campsites, though there are several available.  Some highlights of this, aside from the expansive wildflower meadows, are a good possibility of seeing goats and the alpine views.  A possible downside is the population of mosquitoes.  We will hike at a slow-moderate pace.  Detailed trip information will be sent out via email and most communication regarding the trip will be done through email.  Please sign up only if you are seriously interested in the trip and can make a commitment as space is limited.


Snowgrass Flats, Cispus Basin, Old Snowy & Goat Lake

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    Green Trails White Pass No. 303

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