Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
16 days ago

The trailhead GPS coordinates are Co-ordinates: 46.6257, -121.4459, made it easy to find the small parking location off the side of the 12 highway, room for several cars.

Trail is in good shape.

Crossing the river after the first mile gets your feet wet. Crossing it on the way back was a little trickier in the darkness. It can go above your knees.

I thought the last miles heading up to the lookout were pretty hard, but easily doable if you took your time. No bugs really.

Super views from the top.

I did this trail as an out and back in the same day. It is about 16 miles long.

Usually this trail is pretty empty, but because of the PCT fire detour, we bumped into about 40 hikers heading towards the highway. A lot of them asked me for the number of miles to the highway, a lot were in disbelief for some reason.

Note: I'm not happy with all the plastic tape placed on dozens of trees. That is plastic. Please use anything other than plastic. That will break down smaller and end up the water systems. Think better next time please.

Part of this trail is really beautiful and the lake is worth hiking to but a lot of the trail is like walking on marbles.

it's one of my best hikes

1 month ago

This is a fun hike. At the top you get some great views.

Nice trail. Moderate difficulty. took my pup!

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of mosquito's, bring a tent. Lots of open clearings to watch the stars and night and sooo very quiet. Perfect easy backpacking trip.

Beautiful trip up to some incredible scenery. For those waiting for the big wild-flower blooms, they are starting to happen but not quite there yet. No snow on the trail until you hit the snow fields above the tree line. Lots of people in the snow grass flats area up to Old Snowy. Not the place to go if you want to get away from it all (at least on the weekend). Views are spectacular as you head toward the summit of Old Snowy. Route was clear all the way with a bit of scrambling as you reach the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of Adams, the Goat Rocks, and Rainier. Road is in good shape except the last 2 1/2 miles which is pretty rough and would be a real challenge if you don't have a high clearance vehicle.

Just got back from this area today. Washout is still present but the road is open up to that point and it's not a problem to hike around. There were lots of cars parked along the road at the barricade. Adds about 1 mile each direction compared to starting at Conrad Meadows Trailhead. Tried to make it up to Warm Lake but didn't have this map. Will have to try again next time. I suspect that reaching this area would have made my trip 5/5. Surprise Lake is very clear and blue but it didn't due too much for me. Because of the dense forest and the steep banks, it's not very accessible on the Eastern side. If I camp there again, I would stay on the Western side.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my new favorite hike. I think we picked the ideal day to go. No one was around and the weather was perfect. The flowers were all in bloom. The view was incredible!!! Amazing is all I can say!

So here’s the deal folks. If your a novice/ intermediate hiker and have been “cherry picking” day hikes to meet your abilities or maybe even trying a harder trail and not finishing it out, then this trail is for you. It is awesome with amazing views of Mt Adams and the Goat Rocks. So the first 1.5 miles is fairly hard. Just take your time because the next mile is still a good climb, but not near as steep. At MP 2.5 you get your first amazing view of Mt Adams and Goat Rocks. The next two miles are just small rolling hills on the back side of Nannie Ridge that ultimately pass a couple really cool small ponds and eventually end up at Sheep Lake. The views are spectacular just make sure you bring plenty of bug spray and sun block because once you break out of the timber the sun and bugs are a little intense.

hiking
2 months ago

We went Thursday to 7/5 to check conditions and hiked the trail on 7/6. The mosquitoes were as expected unbearable both days for about the 1st mile. After that they were non existent. The trails were good with some wetland marshes and creeks that were easily passable. There was water flowing down a 1/4 of the trail but it also wasn’t a factor. We had a group of 9 with small children and they all did great. The snow fields the last mile were slippery and we had to make new steps. The top was to steep for the kids to cross safely so we turned back to return later in the season.
Wild flowers were in full bloom and the weather was perfect. Aug 1 will be perfect. Road was is good condition for most cars. The last 2-3 miles was rough. We made it just fine in a 15 passenger van

One of the best effort-to-views trails that there is. Be sure to start from the Section 3 trailhead—not the trailhead in Conrad Meadows.

hiking
2 months ago

First time up and was very impressed! Last 4 miles of road require a vehicle with some ground clearance, there was a Subaru Outback that made it. Some bugs at start by section 3 lake. Trails in great shape and easy to follow. Some snow, but no problems. Last 1/2 mike is steep, but not too bad. Loved how the full view is hidden until the end. We will be back!

Hard to write a review when I wasn’t able to get past 2.2 miles due to too much snow. I did all the hard work only to have to turn around. Still, it was worth feeling alive. It was worth the hard breathing and heart pumping. I’ll be back next month to complete the loop.

Bummer the road washed out. Will be a while before anyone can go across. May 16.18

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked this trail many years ago with my youngest sister. I don't even recall the year, but I do remember it was in the month of October as there was fresh snow.

I rated the hike with 5 stars because it is a pleasant, moderate hike and the view from the top is incredible!

I have basically taken pics of old pictures to show how it was like in October, though I have done this on a very clear sunny day on my own. Let me tell you that not only do get a great view of the Goat rocks, you can also see Mt. Adams and Mount Rainier quite well in the distance!

trail running
11 months ago

Hands down the best views of the Goatrocks for the effort! Bring a vehicle with clearance though, the last two miles get rough.

Super flat and easy for 80% with most of the elevation gain happening right at the end. The loose volcanic rock on the ascent is a frustrating, but it passes quickly. Enjoy the view but bring a jacket for the top!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Road was blocked due to a wash out. This would add 6.7 miles back and forth to the hike. We didn't do that. Aug 5th 3017

hiking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

This trail is actually more like 9 miles to get out to Sheep Lake and the PCT, and should be rated as hard due to the extreme upward first two miles. After that, however, it levels out and is a gorgeous hike along the ridge to Sheep's Lake that serves as a great campsite for PCT hikers and more. We found a great wildflower meadow toward the end and our dog thoroughly enjoyed the water.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I did this yesterday with my daughter who is getting ready for cross country. It's a nice trail for hiking or for trim running which we did The trail was in great condition with only one dead fall and that could easily be stepped over. Essentially all the snow is off the trail but there still plenty of running water for dogs along the trail. Still had plenty of wildflowers in the Meadows but I'm assuming they Will be gone quickly. The road is a little bumpy the last 2 miles but much better since they filled it in with rock much better than the deep ruts it used to be. First half-mile is a little uphill and then somewhat flat and rolling for the next 2 miles then the last mile is a steep 800 foot ascent over some scree and rock. Bugs were not a problem especially while moving. Great views from the summit as always

backpacking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Amazing overnight! The hike was intense but worth it. The weather was perfect and the views of Adams, Hellens and Rainier were very picturesque! Will be doing this again in the next season or two.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Absolutely beautiful hike!

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great trail. The view from the top is like nothing I've seen before!

backpacking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

best hike I've done so far this summer. pretty easy-going three-quarters of the way until you start your climb to the top. once you get to the top it will all be worth it with the views that await you. can't wait to do it again.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful hike with a fabulous view at the top. Some snow around on July 23.

hiking
Friday, September 11, 2015

Trail seamed washed out in most places and the overgrowth was dreadful! But still pretty when you stopped to look around.

hiking
Friday, September 11, 2015

We hiked on a warm September afternoon and couldn't have asked for better. Subalpine meadows and forests for the first 2.5 miles after Section 3 Lake, then an 800ft thigh-burner for the last mile up to the summit of Bear Creek Mountain. Great views east all the way up, and wonderful views of Adams, Goat Rocks and Rainier at the top.

I imagine in late Spring, this area would be mind-blowing with a little more snow on the ridges and wildflowers in the meadows. We look forward to returning in June/July next year.

The road to the trailhead is a little rough, but easily doable for anything besides a sports car. 4wd would only be necessary in snowy or very muddy conditions.

hiking
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This trail wasn't what I remember it being 5 or 10 years ago. Over growth along the trail has become a small problem. My friend and I did this trail with our kids on our back, so the tree limbs sticking so far out was scary for a six month old. Lol but we had fun. Beautiful canyon walls all along the trail.

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