Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

Hike out-and-back or a loop in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Trips ranging from 8-13 miles and to Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake, and Hawkeye Point are all challenging hikes that reward with wildflowers (in season) and views.

getting there

Drive US 12 to 3 miles south of Packwood. Turn east onto Forest Road 21, continue 13 miles, and turn left at the Snowgrass Trail/Chamber Lake sign. Drive 1 mile and turn left at the fork onto the unsigned Forest Road 2150. In 2 miles, turn right at the sign pointing to Snowgrass Flat Trail. This is a loop. Continue ~0.3 mile to the trailhead (4,600 ft). Or continue past the Snowgrass Flat sign 0.6 mile to the Berry Patch Trail head (4,700 ft).

on the trail

Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

12.2 mile loop, 3.045 feet of elevation gain, 5,800 ft high point

This scenic loop hike features broad flower-filled meadows of Snowgrass Flats, constant views of Mount Adams and Old Snowy Mountain. The trail boasts of a large variety of wildlife. The pass is one of the most scenic pass crossings of the Cascades. Hike it counterclockwise to get the best views from the trail. Consider a side trip to Hawkeye Point for an added 2 miles and 1,400 feet of elevation gain.

Snograss Flat

10.9 miles round trip, 2,370 feet of elevation gain, 6,400 ft high point

Hike the Snowgrass Flat Trail (No. 96) to Snograss Flat (6,400 ft).

Goat Lake

10.6 miles round trip, 1,045 feet of elevation gain, 6,665 ft high point

Starting from the Berry Patch Trail head this hike gains gently through the woods for the first mile and a half until the gain becomes gentle as the trail follows the base of Goat Ridge. At about mile 4.5 reach a beautiful camping area called Jordan Basin with a softly flowing year round creek. From here climb up to a saddle and the junction with the Lily Basin Trail. Head right on trail through beautiful wildflowers (in season) to Goat Lake (6,665 ft).

Hawkeye Point

10.4 miles round trip, 3,315 feet of elevation gain, 7,430 ft high point

Starting from the Berry Patch Trail head this hike gains gently through the woods for the first mile and a half until the gain becomes gentle the trail follows the base of Goat Ridge. At about mile 4.5 reach a beautiful camping area called Jordan Basin with a softly flowing year round creek. From here climb up to a saddle and the junction with the Lily Basin Trail. Head left on the Lily Basin Trail up to a ridge. Leave the trail at the top of this ridge, only 0.4 miles from the junction, and head up and right. Follow the path along the base of some rock stacks and then up to the top of Hawkeye Point (7,430 ft). The steep climb to the top is well worth the views.


Photo by Susan Shih
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 12.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,045 ft
  • 5,800 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Packwood No. 302
  • Green Trails White Pass No. 303
  • Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
Activities

Upcoming Activities



CHS 1 Hike - Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Aug 5, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jul 25
Seattle Branch

CHS 2 Hike - Hawkeye Point & Goat Lake

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Hike to Hawkeye Point at 7,300' with views out over the Goat Rocks Wilderness. CHS
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jul 25
Seattle Branch
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  • Snowgrass Flat
  • Hawkeye Point
  • Goat Lake
  • Hawkeye Point & Goat Lake
  • Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake
  • Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Loop
  • Snowgrass Flat & Hawkeye Point
  • Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake & Hawkeye Point
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