Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Goat Rocks Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did this twice this year, Once in August and once in September. The view is totally worth the 15 mile hike. My hike story https://rossjames.net/blog/imac-backpacking

First 3 miles are pleasant on way in, annoying on way out, but terrain above is amazing.

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2 months ago

My 3rd hike this year, and I would rate this a moderate hike. Started from Walupt Lake, Def worth the sweat to see the beautiful view of Mt Adams. We started the hike in the early afternoon and unfortunately didn't have time to go to Sheep Lake. Will do this again, all the way next time!

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Made this a good day hike the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, electing to car camp down below at Chambers Lake. If you plan on overnighting along the trail, I'd recommend starting your hike before 8am or plan on hiking over some weekdays, as there were a crazy number of hikers coming in as I was heading down. Having to pull off the trail almost every 5 minutes was thoroughly annoying, but it was Saturday so what would you expect. The trail was well maintained and very easy to follow, with dry bluebird skies trending to mostly cloudy by the evening. The view from the top was spectacular, with Rainier, Adams, and St. Helens clearly out. As it was late summer, there was very little water above Snowgrass Flats, so fill up through the switchbacks between miles 3-4 or bring extra for the top.

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no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

This route was extremely off-trail and very dangerous. The non-trail segments were not well marked and required difficult exposed scrambles. The trail was very beautiful but the description to the route was very vague and we lost the route multiple times, in addition the first leg has no available water until you hit the glacier. Overall, I would not recommend this trail for anyone who is not an experienced alpinist.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Hiked 9.6 miles on July 16, 2019 from the Walupt Lake Campground up Nannie Ridge to sheep lake and then turning north on the PCT to Cispus Pass. Mosquitos were present on the first few miles of the trail but not miserably aggressive. They seemed to thin out after Sheep Lake. Saw a deer just north of Sheep Lake. Cispus Basin is beautiful but by the time we rolled in to the basin (7pm-ish) most of the campsites were taken - there were lots of PCT through-hikers. We had to go to a third alternative location, and even then, we settled for less than ideal real estate. Temps were in the 50s during the day and high 30s at night. It rained all night. Trail is really great condition overall. There were lots of water sources flowing off the mountain, so we really didn't have to carry water. I imagine that many of the smaller sources will be dried up by mid August.

My family and I did this last weekend and had a blast. We camped at the Lily basin Junction which was nice. There were minimal bugs and great water nearby. There were some snow crossings the next day and we did these in regular shoes without any other gear just fine. The scramble to the summit is somewhat rocky and was a little exposed for my 72 year old father and 11 year old daughter but everyone got to the summit just fine. The trip down was easy and the view of the mountains was stunning. Adams and Rainier kept dipping behind clouds but were out while we were on the summit :)

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bugs
4 months ago

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blowdown
bridge out
bugs
closed
muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
private property
rocky
scramble
washed out
5 months ago

This trail is not a trail. At least the way it is shown on the map here. Perhaps from 2304 there is but not as shown above. However, I did bushwack up 3 miles for kicks. It sucked. And it was awesome. Be prepared if you're going to follow this map. Also know that a local has claimed the trailhead as his private property so be prepared to park by Kilborn creek.

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