Lily Basin, Snowgrass Flat, Cispus Basin & Elk Pass

Backpack a circuit in the Goat Rocks Wilderness that includes the spectacular wildflowers of Snowgrass Flat, the gorgeous views of Cispus Basin, and the exposed knife-edge ridge of Pacific Crest Trail.

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Hike this circuit in either direction between the Lily Basin Trailhead and the Packwood Lake Trailhead.  Campsites include Heart Lake, Snowgrass Flat, Cispus Basin, and Beaver Bill Creek.  The route follows the Lily Basin Trail to Heart Lake, through Snowgrass Flat to Cispus Basin,  north on the Pacific Crest Trail to Elk Pass, leaving the PCT toward Packwood Saddle, and down Coyote Ridge to Packwood Lake.  Consider a side trips to Hawkeye Point and Old Snowy Mountain.  


  • This is not a good trip for first time backpackers or those afraid of heights. People hiking this route can expect to cross several snowfields and miles of trail that are very steep, rocky and exposed.
  • Guidebook:  Backpacking Washington by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press 2007)
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 39.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 12,800 ft
  • 7,600 ft
  • Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
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