Goat Falls, Corral Pass & Silver Creek

Three winter trips near Crystal Mountain and Mount Rainier National Park from Forest Road 7174. Hike three miles to Goat Falls, a pleasant introduction to snowshoeing or a mild winter hike. Travel a challenging ten miles on the long and winding Forest Road 7174 to Corral Pass on the Cascade Crest. The long but steady climb is mostly a moderate grade, and because the road does not traverse any avalanche slopes, it makes for a safer route to the high country in wintertime. The campground, only open in summer, makes for a fun destination for backcountry winter camping and has sweeping views of the Norse Peak Wilderness.

getting there

From Enumclaw drive SR-410 for 32 miles towards the Crystal Mountain Ski Area and Mount Rainier National Park. Just after Milepost 56, turn left onto Corral Pass Road (Forest Road 7174). There is a power substation on the right. Park here, being sure not to block the gate or access to any of the nearby cabins (2,650 ft).

on the trail

goal falls

3 miles round trip with 500 feet of elevation gain, 3,200 ft high point
Difficulty: Easy beginner Snowshoe

Depending on the snow conditions, either walk or snowshoe Corral Pass Road, passing some old cabins. In ~0.5 mile,  right turn onto Forest Road 7176. Continue ~0.25 mile to a small parking area between a few cabins.  This is the official trailhead. From here, stay on the right bank of the creek (don't take the footbridge) and pass a few more cabins. Continue up the valley through the trees. Reach another bridge and cross it to the left side of Goat Creek.  Continue up the valley as it steepens and narrows. There is a log crossing over a gully that may be difficult if covered in deep snow. Consider bypassing this crossing by descending to the creek and finding a suitable crossing. After one last bit of uphill beneath a ledge, reach Goat Falls.

corral pass

10 miles round trip with 3,000 feet of elevation gain, 5,700 ft high point
Difficulty: Strenuous intermediate snowshoe, M1 Backcountry Ski, u-xc4 Cross-country ski

Follow Forest Road 7174 to a gate where two trails peel off—the White River Trail going north and the Forest Trail Loop going northwest. Stay right, on the road, and continue ascending toward Corral Pass. After about four miles, enjoy views of Mutton Mountain and Dalles Ridge. This is a good turnaround point if the climb proves to be too tiring. Between the fourth and fifth mile, pass a basin that features open meadows in the summer. If the avalanche forecast is favorable, this area is worth exploring. The road becomes less steep, crests a small ridge, passes through a stand of fir, and ends at Corral Pass (5,700 ft).

Silver Creek

7 miles round trip with 1,180 feet of elevation gain, 3,830 ft high point
difficulty: Moderate Basic snowshoe

Depending on the snow conditions, either walk or snowshoe Corral Pass Road, passing some old cabins. In ~0.5 mile,  right turn onto Forest Road 7176. Continue ~0.25 mile and turn right (south) onto Forest Road 7175. Hike along Forest Road 7175 along Silver Creek up to 3.5 miles to Half Camp and the Norse Peak Trailhead on Crystal Mountain Blvd.


  • Forest Road 7174 usually closes for the season in November. Call the U.S. Forest Service Enumclaw office for updates.
  • Snowmobilers do occasionally take this road too, so keep an eye and ear out.
  • Difficulty: Easy, Strenuous, U-XC 4 Advanced Ungroomed
  • Length: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 3,200 ft
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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