Old Snowy, Chimney Rock, Goat Ridge and Nannie Peak Loop

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Goat Rocks Wilderness

Old Snowy, Chimney Rock, Goat Ridge and Nannie Peak Loop is a 68.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Length68.8 miElevation gain17,257 ftRoute typeLoop
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Margaret Cheng
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Just completed this trip although I did modify one of the loops. Chose to give it 4/5 only because at one point you do hike all the way back to a trailhead and there were tons of day hikers so not very remote. From Walupt via 101 there is no water up until sheep lake 8 miles out. Once you get over Cispus Pass it flattens out a bit and there‘s tons of water and camping. As you make your way to Old Snowy there are little streams and bubbling creeks, and various camping available in the basin. It’s very exposed to sun and can get pretty hot. On a clear day you can see all three volcanos in the area in one pano- Adams, Helens and Rainier. The next stretch is Knifes Edge (no water) with ups and downs as you move along the ridge line. Once you hit the junction you can turn right and follow PCT as per this map, but what I did was continue straight down Coyote Trail to Lost Lake, and made my own loop by down climbing further to Packwood Lake, and returning to the junction via Upper Creek Lake Trail (because apparently Clear Fork Trail is just trash no fun at all so I didn’t even bother I just skipped it). No water going down Coyote, but tons of camping at both lakes. Coming back up via Upper Creek wasn’t that bad, pretty flat up until last 2-3 miles where it steadily climbs back to the junction. So that was technically Loop 1. Making my way back obviously you retrace knifes edge, snow grass basin, etc then cut over to Goat Lake which is so stunning! Still some snow and ice on it. Going down to Berry Patch there’s a basin with tons of camping and water, otherwise once you pass it there’s no more water and only some dispersed camping. I went down to Berry Patch then walked a couple miles on Snow Grass Trail to the first creek where there’s a bridge a camp site. Finished the remaining loop via Nannie Ridge to Walupt. Toughest parts were old snowy summit and knifes edge, otherwise the climbs were steady and typical of a trail.

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henry bauer
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BackpackingRockyScramble

My Day one: blew through everything until about mile 24 where things get crazy on that back loop, the trail hugs along the pct which allows for great distance to be traveled quickly, but the trail gets rough and forces you to use your gps after it diverts from the pct, The pct portion is beautiful and is the most necessary, and in my opinion the only necessary part of this hike, The back loop is a pos trail that has only Been traveled by 1 horse and 2 hikers this season because it’s a boring af wet Forrest hike with nothing entertaining besides trying to find the trail if your into that sort of thing, cool! 30 miles Day 2 finishing the back loop like seriously f this loop. Soooo slow you can’t really open up the speed because of the s trail conditions, like f this back loop you get a decent view (5/10) at the end. looped back around Camped on the first part of the loop because of the water 16 miles Day 3 went back to my car because I have job and I can’t hike 24/7 like some y’all lucky mfs. So I did. And BOY did I see some s, like it was f GEOrgeouis* no clouds makes all the difference, Lady hikers what up holla at a boy!

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Matt Duce
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This was a beautiful hike !!!! We actually didn’t make it to the packwood loop , but spent 5 days hiking the other two loops with a night at Chambers lake for some fishing. First day we left Walupt lake and hike counter clockwise up to sheep lake. This was a good little warm up day and a great camp site on the east side of the lake. just off the main trail around the lake you head back maybe 200 feet off the main trail that circles the lake. Day two we went over cyspus pass where you can get a look at the headwaters of the Klickitat river system. This was a good little climb and a good second day to get legs going. From the top of the pass your drop down and skirt a big bowl that forms the beginningof the Cyspus River. Lots of good water here and great views. We ended up at alpine camp for night two. After a quick snack and setting up camp we scrambled up Old Snowy Mnt. which I highly recommend!!!!! What a view from the top!!!!! Day three we headed down the north jct that takes you to the goat ridge loop and went clockwise around and down to snow grass trailhead. From there we hiked the road to Chambers lake to spend a night and do some fishing. We found a camp spot on the opposite side of the lake from where the roads comes in. We were the only ones there and the fishing was good. Day four we headed back up the road to berry patch trailhead where we hiked up the the pass just before goat lake. This little meadow was a beautiful spot with nice grass to sleep on and a good water source. We hiked that evening after dinner to goat lake to check it out. We soaked our feet in the cold lake and watched some goats perform some incredible leaps from rock to rock. We headed back to our base camp happy to finally have seen some goats. Also the wildflowers leading up to the lake were amazing !!!!!! Day five was a long day but a good way to wind down the end of the trip. We left our camp and headed past goat lake and this time used to southern alt trail back up to the PCT and all the way back to sheep lake where we had spent our first night. We were lucky enough to get our little “secret” camp again and spend one more night in the woods before heading down Nanny Ridge In the morning to the car. It was a great hike with plenty of good wAter sources and amazing wildflowers in some sections. Old Snowy Mnt was a treat also because the few day after we climbed it turned out the be cloudy at the top and the views would have been non existent, not to mention it would be easy to loose your way if the clouds move in heavy while you were up there. Awesome hike highly recommend it

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Jake Bartley
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Amazing flowers. World class views. Best hike I have ever been on.

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Michael S
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This is a challenging area to hike, however the diverse terrain, the high quality trails and the epic views make it worth it. We through hiked from Walupt Lake to the Packwood exit, with some extra day hikes we covered 50 miles in 5 days. We hiked it in July 2019 as a mixed skill group of 10 aged 14 to 50. The same day altitude changes were exhausting, and we found wet and slick conditions asking much of the trail, really everywhere except Coyote trail, we had heavy rains 3 out of the 5 days. There was also a good deal of snow still on the ground above 5000ft, with some large sections of snowfields to traverse. The Packwood Glacier was amazing but a difficult traverse with a mixed skill group. The Coyote trail section is very dry, we had no opportunity to refill water bottles for about 5 miles. Otherwise our watering waypoints are marked on our map when we remembered, there are plenty of wateroptions along the way, except along Coyote trail. I recommend carrying trekking poles with snow baskets and microspikes for safety when crossing snowfields and if you choose to cross the glacier section. There are many options for camping with comfortable well laid out sites and some with great views. This is a classic through or loop hike with a Swiss Alps feel, it was not crowded, we only saw a dozen other hikers and a trail work group for the whole week. I will definitely return. A shout out to the Washington Trail Association for the amazing maintenance work they do, we ran into a work party and chatted for a while and even helped out with the trail trimming. The quality of the trails is amazing thanks to the hard work and dedication of these tireless volunteers.

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Jonathan Pape
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Kraig Adams
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Joe DiPalmo
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Joe DiPalmo
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Zack W
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Becky Stinnett
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Kevin Coulter
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