Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin


Day Hike - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Loop

The Goat Rocks Wilderness, Goat Lake loop, quoting WTA, it "offers nearly everything you could want on an alpine ramble: vast wildflower fields, stunning panoramas that include towering glaciated peaks, high alpine meadows, cold alpine lakes, tons of birds and wildlife, and a good chance at solitude despite the incredible beauty of the route." In addition to the counter-clockwise loop, (because they are beautiful) we'll take the Bypass Trail, hit the PCT for a mile, and then the Snowgrass Trail back to the loop. Here's a map:

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,650 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0, no maximum

9:00 AM at the Berry Patch Trailhead, we'll self-organize carpooling 

It's a long drive, about 3 hours from Tacoma, many folks have camped down there the night before.  

You should have recently done a hike of this difficulty, 15 miles, 3600'.  Most of the hike is exposed to the sun and we'll be hiking in it during the heat of the day. 


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

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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