Snowgrass Flats and Goat Lake Loop Trail is a 12.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 2150 and go for 3.5 miles. Snowgrass (#96) Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District. The Snowgrass, Goat Lake, and Old Snowy areas are the most crowded areas in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. If you love pristine wilderness and beautiful views of major mountains and broad green meadows, this hike is for you. Lots of water opportunities along this loop for the dog. Mountain goats, marmots and monumental mountains – oh my! The trail stays open through the Jordan Basin before re-entering forest. From the Chambers Lake/Snowgrass Trailhead you can choose to ascend up to Goat Lake either via the Snowgrass Trail or via Goat Ridge. The huckleberry leaves are turning red in the Snowgrass Flat and in the meadows. Hawkeye Point, Goat Lake, and Mt. My friend and I left Berry Patch TH at around 9:30am and noticed only a few spots left. She got a bit too snowy where you leave the PCT to go up, just near the top, so we didn't quite make it. This lake is usually frozen well into the summer, although it's not advisable to trek out onto it at any time of the year. Randle, WA 98377 fall colors were out! The huckleberry leaves are turning red in the Snowgrass Flat and in the meadows. See weather forecast. The forest road up to the trail head is actually in really good shape for a dirt road easily able to drive it in a front wheel drive car. At the southern end of the lake is a beautiful waterfall cascading down into the valley below. Go 15.5 miles on FR 21 to FR 2150 (signed Chambers Lake Campground). Here is a nice stream crossing where you can stop for a rest and cool off. Snowgrass Flat – Goat Lake Loop is 13-miles round trip and climbs a total of 1900 feet in elevation – perfect for an overnight backpacking trip, even for a first-time backpacker. Gifford Pinchot National Forest Despite it's popularity everyone was able to spread out though and have their own spaces. Overall incredible trip! Take your time walking up into this glacial cirque called "Jordan Basin" and enjoy the flowers. Tel: 360.497.1100. Take 2150 about 3 miles to spur road 2150-040 - go right, then right again on spur road 2150-405. Goat Lake, Snowgrass Flat In Goat Rocks Wilderness. We lucked out and had basically no wind and a moon so full that our headlamps weren’t necessary. Woke up early and headed out before 8am so my buddies pup didn’t have to hike the dry half of the loop in the midday heat. Some folks had not mastered the cat-hole at Snowgrass Flats but mostly pristine campsites. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. If … Continue on 7A until you make it back to your car. Help preserve the fragile meadows by following Wilderness Regulations and Leave No Trace principles. The elevation gain is gentle and gradual, the maintained path is well-signed, and … There is a large rock directly in the middle of the road a few miles in from where you turn off just past Packwood FSR 21 plenty of room both sides around it though. This is the 2nd time I'm there (last time was just a month before). The first 4 miles of this hike is mostly in forested areas with limited views. If you have two cars you can drop one at this trailhead to save the 0.75 mile flat walk back to Berry Flats. The trail connects to Snowgrass Trail where the route heads left up to the Pacific Crest Trail. Drive up was fine. We arrived at Goat Lake around 1:30-2pm and took a quick dip in the very cold water and basked in the sun before setting up camp in one of the designated spots just south of the lake on the cliff point. 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