Snowgrass Flats and Goat Lake Loop Trail is a 12.1 mile heavily 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.1 miElevation gain2,742 ftRoute typeLoop
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A long hike into some very beautiful country and awesome NW vistas. If you love pristine wilderness and beautiful views of major mountains and broad green meadows, this hike is for you. Take 96 through Snowgrass Flats up to the PCT, then along the PCT until you can see Goat Lake. Hiking along the PCT beneath the Goat Rocks peaks is a real treat. Mt. Adams dominates the view to the south.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station 10024 U.S. 12 Randle, WA 98377 Tel: 360.497.1100

Wait until midsummer for this hike as the wildflowers will be in full bloom. Go early to make sure you get a good campsite. A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here. Prepare for a large amount of flies near the lake.

From the town of Randle drive 14 miles east on Highway 12 to Forest Service Road 21. Turn right onto FS 21 and drive about 20 miles on the dirt road (all wheel drive is nice here). Turn left onto Forest Service Road 2150 and go for 3.5 miles. Stay right at the Chambers Lake turnoff. Follow the signs to Berry Patch Trailhead.

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james haman
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Matthew Nyman
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BackpackingSnow

My girlfriend and I planned a two night backpack through this area. We got there on Friday coming up from the south through Hood River. The road was rough and we were on a service road for about 2 hrs. The first day we walked in 3 miles and camped on the ridge. It was rainy, cold, and windy which made for a tough set up and wet night of sleep. Would definitely recommend getting there earlier and walking to at least the alpine zone. There are a ton of great campsites along the way. The next day we hiked up to Hawkeye Point and to Goat Lake. It was perfect weather! The hike up to Hawkeye Point is a nice, easy side trip with a great view. Bring a layer up though, it gets windy on the ridge. The trek to Goat Lake was easy with a lot of snow. Bring extra socks and even gators. After Goat Lake it’s all downhill and we ended up camping near the bridge over Goat River. Overall the trail was in good condition, a good amount of snow at this time of year, lots of good campsites, and lots of streams to fill water bottles at.

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lauren ladky
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MuddyRockySnow

To everyone on the trail that passed by us late afternoon 10/18 while we were assisting the man who fell off goat ridge with his horse - thank you for all of the donated bivies! The gentleman ended up getting flown out from goat lake around 9pm and people are working on rescuing his horse today. Everyone who worked to get him out of there safely made it down to berry patch parking lot by 1030 pm.

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Nick McMenamy
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BackpackingGreat!

did this hike on the weekend of the 2nd. Took the detour up to the glacier beneath old snowy to get a good look at Mount Rainier. By far the most beautiful hike I've ever been on. Pretty challenging, but not too many switchbacks thankfully.

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Jed Bradley
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Jed Bradley
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Jed Bradley
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Alessandro Burdisso
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The trail is actually longer. It is closer to 13 mi. Was wonderful day, a lot of birds around. We went counter clockwise. First 3 miles was easy - 1 hour. This trail is good choice for backpacking - many many nice spots for camping with water access. We decided to rest on the lake with beautiful color and swam. The road to the trail is headache!

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Randi Staudinger
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awesome trail!!! fall colors were out! beautiful views, definitely more than worth it to summit old snowy

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Cindy Kenyon
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Cindy Kenyon
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K K
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Absolutely incredible! Stayed for two nights so I could explore and also just to sit/relax and take in some of the very best views WA state has to offer. I highly recommend this trail it's in great shape. Was lucky enough to also get to see two families of Mountain Goats as well one group with babies! This trail is very popular so if you want a good spot to camp I highly suggest going early in the morning and getting started on your way up to Goat Lake. Despite it's popularity everyone was able to spread out though and have their own spaces. The forest road up to the trail head is actually in really good shape for a dirt road easily able to drive it in a front wheel drive car. (the usual like pot holes and wash boarding in areas). There is a large rock directly in the middle of the road a few miles in from where you turn off just past Packwood FSR 21 plenty of room both sides around it though.

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Kathy Lundy
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Backpacking

Beautiful trail. Unfortunately the smoked came in and erased the views. I’ll be back!

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Breanna Gordon
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

Spend two nights at Snowgrass Flats this weekend. Looped counter clockwise and attempted to summit Old Snowy on the middle day. She got a bit too snowy where you leave the PCT to go up, just near the top, so we didn't quite make it. But still incredible views! Got Adams, St. Helens, and Rainier in one pano! The first day was rainy with very scary wind overnight, followed by two days of incredible full sun! And no wind. Thank goodness! The hike out (on the third day) being the longest-distance-day was a bit rough on my unconditioned legs! Overall incredible trip! Fell in love with the high alpine ecosystem! Drive up was fine. No issues parking. Everyone we passed was very respectful about creating space for social distancing. Some folks had not mastered the cat-hole at Snowgrass Flats but mostly pristine campsites. No mountain goats or elk, but plenty of marmots!

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Erin Burgman
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Beautiful views, nice trail, will be doing this again.

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Tayler Clark
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Wonderful day in the Goat Rocks! Beautiful alpine meadows, vistas, distant peaks (Rainier & Helens), waterfalls, and easily the most turquoise lake I've ever seen in my life. Not too challenging, especially if you start the loop counter-clockwise, completed the loop in 5 hours. I highly recommend this for international and out-of-state adventurers as this has a little bit of everything Washington has to offer. 10/10; I will definitely be back in the future for an overnight on the 3 loop trail!

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Zach Nystrom
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BackpackingGreat!No shade

Forgot to do a trip report for my one nighter with a buddy on this trail a few days before Labor Day weekend. My friend and I left Berry Patch TH at around 9:30am and noticed only a few spots left. We headed out counterclockwise on the loop due to having my buddies dog with us and wanting to have plenty of water sources for the hot day. First few miles were gradual, nice easy warm up passing by the turn off for the Snowgrass TH parking lot, etc. Good little up hill portion before the jaw dropping my beautiful meadows of Sungrass Flats. From there it’s a slow gradual climb along the meadows and the valley wall to the lake. Lots of sun so bring your hat and sunscreen but the views through this section were just wonderful. We arrived at Goat Lake around 1:30-2pm and took a quick dip in the very cold water and basked in the sun before setting up camp in one of the designated spots just south of the lake on the cliff point. Beautiful views of Mt Adams framed to our south. Lots of mountain goats above the lake and tons of marmots around dinner time and in the morning. We lucked out and had basically no wind and a moon so full that our headlamps weren’t necessary. It’s exposed camping up at Goat lake though so bring warm clothes in case you don’t get as lucky as us with the wind. Woke up early and headed out before 8am so my buddies pup didn’t have to hike the dry half of the loop in the midday heat. Saw 5 other camps that stayed the night but there was plenty of room for everyone and honestly we didn’t hear or see folks much once evening had hit the night before. Lots of people coming up as we descended the west side of the loop which was totally dry. If you do this loop clockwise then pack lots of water. It will be 4.5 miles of up before you hit your first water source. We were down and on the road by 11am or so. Road access wasn’t bad. Long gravel road with some wash boarding in sections but pretty good shape overall. Drop dead gorgeous views though, I definitely see why it’s a popular spot!

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ryein ohning
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David Stewart
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Serge Moskalenko
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Paula Makuch
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I did it counter-clockwise

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Stephanie Claire Mitchell
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Brittany Haver
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Insanely busy on Labor Day weekend (during COVID), not sure if it’s always this crowded. It’s about a 15-mile drive up gravel roads to the trail head, washboard in places. Then you arrive at your choice of trail heads- Berry Patch or Snowgrass. Both are jam packed with cars parked along the roadway. I ran this with my dog, hit the trail at dawn to beat the heat and the crowds (somewhat). The trail itself was lovely. I went counterclockwise which made for a pleasant flat start the first few miles before starting uphill. Lots of water opportunities along this loop for the dog. Great views of Adams. I also went up to Hawkview Point, which was worth it for the 360 and to see Rainier. Tents everywhere along the pretty trail miles though. I was glad I was running on by and not camping.

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Dave Wallis
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Amazing 360 views.

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