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

Enjoy three days and two nights in the glorious Goat Rocks Wilderness during Labor Day weekend

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 26.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft

Meet at the Snowgrass Flats trailhead at 9:30 AM on Saturday morning. Expect about a 3 1/2 hour nonstop drive from Seattle.

We will spend three wonderful days doing a loop hike in the Goat Rocks Wilderness spending the first night at Alpine Camp or Snowgrass Flats, the second at upper Jordan Basin, and heading home the third day. Options to add on exploratory day hikes are listed below - and are in addition to the trip's listed stats.

Anticipated route (link to CalTopo)
Day One
- Hike to Alpine Camp, set up camp. ~4.2 mi OW, 2,000 ft gain, minimal loss. Optional side trip on PCT to Old Snowy Mtn (~5 mi RT, 1,430 ft gain/loss). Day Two - Optional morning hike to Cispus Pass (~7.8 mi RT, 1,230 ft gain/loss). Pick up camp in early afternoon and hike to upper Jordan Basin, set up camp (~3.2 mi OW, 1,150 ft gain, 500 ft loss).
Day Three - Pick up camp and head back to TH (~4.8 mi OW, 750 ft gain, 2,450 ft loss).

Sections of this area are known for bugs so be armed with plenty of bug defense.

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


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
  • 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
  • Insect repellent (!!!)
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