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Need high ground clearance to get to the trailhead. Wonderful hike!

Closed 6.7 miles from trailhead, 10/06/2018

Did this over the weekend of 9/7/18, one of my favorite backpacking trips I've ever done. I'll summarize our details of what we did here as I believe this is a trip that people of many skill levels can complete: Friday: Arrived at parking lot, camped at Chambers Lake (next to car) to get an early night asleep and early start to the next day. Decent amount of bugs if the weather is nice here due to the small still water of Chambers Lake. Saturday: Got up early and drove our car over to Berry Patch parking, traversed over to the other entrance (as the map shows) and headed up to the flats. Got to Snowgrass flats by 11am so we had a lot of time to kill. Set up camp and had a quick snack, took a two hour break before heading up to Old Snowy. This is one of the more famous parts of the PCT and it is clear why, so many different colors and different terrains you progress through so quickly. Got to the top of Old Snowy around 3pm (took ~2 hours from Snowgrass flats), sadly a decent amount of cloud coverage, but we got a few glimpses of Adams to the south. Came back down to camp and the weather got really nice, but were pretty exhausted from the night and decided we wanted to get up early the next day to catch sunrise at Hawkeye Point. Sunday: Got a 4:30am start to the day (dark out for the first hour and a half of our hiking, but terrain isn't bad at all) and didn't quite make it to Hawkeye but we were able to catch sunrise from Goat Lake as the sun came up over Old Snowy, absoultely beautiful and we had a crystal clear day, got to see Adams light up pink as the sun started reaching it right as we started hiking. Got up to Hawkeye (dropped our packs near the trail) by about 7am and had the place to ourselves, it was so beautiful. 360 degree view and able to see Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, and a small peak of Hood behind Adams. Spent a good two hours up here before finally heading down and heading out the other side of the ridge back to Berry Patch parking, still got to our car around noon and made for an incredible morning. I will certainly be going back to this area, no permits needed, great campsites, minimal bugs and amazing terrains to traverse through. Really nothing bad to say about this one other than climbing Old Snowy gets a little challenging (especially if it's cold) as I was using all fours at times due to uneven terrain. Also if I were to do it again I would either reverse directions and camp at Goat Lake (very competitive) then do Old Snowy the next morning; or continue past Snowgrass Flats and camp at one of the few campsites on your way up to Old Snowy (one was at the base of this giant rock formation and looked absolutely beautiful. Best of luck to all who do this amazing hike!

hiking
8 months 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.

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

9 months ago

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

Nice trail. Moderate difficulty. took my pup!

hiking
9 months 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
10 months 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.

backpacking
10 months ago

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
10 months 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
10 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
10 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
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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
Sunday, September 24, 2017

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 several years ago. The trail was in extremely poor condition and very hard to follow due to the excessive deadfall. Then near the top I see all kinds of people young and old coming down and they turn left at the section 3 Lake trail jxn. The trail from section 3 Lake is much nicer even in its worst condition infinitely better than the Conrad Meadows trail Plus it's half the distance with 3000 feet less vertical. For the same views would recommend the section 3 Lake trailhead. If you want a 14 mile route with 4,000 ft vertical that will challenge your route finding ability through a maze of dead fall and poorly marked trail then go for it

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
Monday, August 15, 2016

I've backpacked this several times. The wildflowers and views are among the best. We hike in on a Friday night and camp at Snowgrass Flats. Saturday we hike up to Goat Lake and back. Sunday we summit Old Snowy and then hike out to our car. Road: The road to the trailhead tends to be slow as it is gravel and a little bumpy. Last time I did it in a Honda Civic but would recommend something that can handle all the bumps better.

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