Three Fingers via Goat Flats Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, WA and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until June.
Washed out road was difficult to get over but we were able to make it in our high clearance vehicle. Probably would've hiked the extra miles if we had known that it would be that hard to get over the road.
We didn't use crampons, but they would've been extremely beneficial.
It was also hard to find the road to get there, so make sure you have good directions.
Saw a black bear, deer, goats, and birds!
It was spectacular and amazing!
Wow-what a scramble!! We parked at the washed out road after a 15.5 mile drive off road through tight rocks and an unsteady, narrow bridge (did I mention that it is a one lane road the entire way?). It was about a 2 mile hike on the gravel/rocks to the trail. You end up climbing over at least 10+ downed trees as well as up/over/down rocks, roots, and landscape for at least 4 miles (our hiking poles came in very handy!). There is running water about a mile before goat flats. We set up camp at goat flats and then went for the summit. Took us roughly 4 hrs from camp to goat flats and a little under 3 hrs from goat flats to summit. Crossed two snow fields-glad we had our ice axes! Followed the karins up, Boulder hopping most of the way. BEAUTIFUL views the whole way up!!! The flowers were absolutely incredible!! Another running water source on way up. The ladders all of a sudden appear-three ladders at an angle with really tight squeezes between boulders. The ladders don't go all the way up-there is a rope at the top so you can pull yourself high enough to reach the fire lookout. INCREDIBLE views all the way around and awesome lookout with memorabilia dating back to the '30's!! We hiked down and on the way, saw the mesmerizing sunset-and a mountain goat!! Really glad we had headlamps!! 2 people that were there the same time as us saw back bears; we hung all of our food on ropes on a tree. Was really a butt-kicker with climbing up/down/over the entire way-but SOOOOO worth it!!! Only saw about 12 people total in 2 days. Total hiking/scrambling mileage 19 miles.
PS I would definitely suggest 2 days so that you can truly enjoy the trip!!
hiked up here and spent the night. great views and lots of wildlife. The bears leave you alone but can be seen all around feeding on wild blueberries.
Rough and rugged!