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Three Fingers via Goat Flats Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, Washington and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.0 mi Elevation gain 4,573 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Skiing Running Snow
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Please note: the road is blocked off at 8 miles from the trailhead. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

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Brian Stroh
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

Easily the most difficult adventure I’ve done. Left from the bridge at 7pm and mostly walked our bikes up to the trailhead. Took about 2.5 hours to make it the 9.3 miles there. Turns out there’s a way to drive all the way up to washout if you have the right vehicle. After the washout, trees are way overgrown so you wouldn’t want to drive that anyway. Lots of bikes and a few dirt bikes at the trailhead where we camped out. Got an early start the next morning and the spiderwebs through the overgrown and eroding path up to Saddle Lake were not pleasant. Beyond Saddle Lake, the trail is much more enjoyable and mostly easy to follow. Coming up from the Goat Flats, there is a section just over the other side of the ridge where we scrambled and chimneyed our way through a snow moat, which was entirely avoidable. On the way back in this section we followed the actual trail to some rocks where we down climbed and simply walked the 10 steps across the snow block. After the rope descent down from the top of the next ridge, the trail starts sliding out easily beneath your feet. I felt like this was the sketchiest part of the whole trail so we took this section very slow. Slept in the lookout overnight with 2 other groups. It was pretty cozy with 9 people in the lookout, and the sunset and sunrise were some of the best I’ve ever seen. The lookout is well-stocked but does need some shutter repairs before Winter comes. Probably will be back here, but will set up camp in the goat flats instead of overnighting in the lookout. Looking forward to seeing what kind of repairs are made to NF-41 in the next month. Oh, and the bike ride down to the bridge was a blast! Made in down in 40 minutes even with a few stops and a wipeout.

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Alec Menzies
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Adam Simmons
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HikingBlowdownBridge outBugsIcyMuddyOff trailOver grownRockySnowWashed out

My climbing partner and myself drove up Thursday morning from Tacoma. We parked at the bridge around 1230pm which is still blocked off as previous reports have stated. From there we biked up the road to the three fingers TH which is a little over 8 miles. The bike ride up isn’t as bad as I had expected and we were able to ride most of it with the exception of a few steeper sections where we walked the bikes thru. The washout about 6 miles in is rather large and walked our bikes down and back up the other side. Another 2.5ish miles of riding from the washout thru a narrow bike path while dodging tree branches and we were stashing our bikes at the trailhead. The first couple miles of the trail were a little overgrown but as long as you keep one eye on the route and another watching out for lions, tigers and bears I have faith you will make it thru. After this it turns into a fairly mellow uphill trek thru some old growth forest all the way up to saddle lake. Shortly after the lake we began encountering snow and with no previous tracks to follow we depended a lot on our Garmin GPS watches to follow the summer trail up to goat flats where we set up camp. We enjoyed the final few hours of the day by taking in the epic 360 mountain views and a beautiful sunset. Friday morning we set out at 6am and followed the summer trail via GPS to tin gap. Conditions were perfect and the snow was consolidated allowing us to make quick work as we traveled to the south side of the ridge and eventually traversed back up and across gaining Tin Gap. From this point on Ice axe and Crampons are a must and this Is also where a lot of decision making and route finding came into play. The summer route looked rather dicey with overhanging cornices and some sketchy cracks. We opted to drop down a steep slope thru a drainage to the edge of the glacier and worked up alongside the Queest-Alb carefully avoiding the many cracks and moats we came across. Towards the top of the glacier we entered up a gully and briefly left snow to scramble up a short area of scree which intercepted the summer trail once again. We followed the trail up to the snowfield above where we climbed a steep section that was still pretty Icy and continued on towards the tower which was now within view. The most technical section in my eyes was right before the ladders as it was steep, icy and exposed (wouldn’t have been a bad idea to place a piece of pro here and rope up as a fall here would be fatal) but without that option we took our time, kicked in good steps and traversed up and around the left side to the ladders. Once we were on the ladders it was an easy and secure climb to the top where we were greeted with an Epic fire lookout and some of the most amazing views I’ve ever encountered. Total time from goat flats to the the lookout was a little over 3 hours. We enjoyed the remainder of the day and night in solitude at the lookout before descending back to the truck Saturday morning in 5.5 hours. What a adventure!

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Elliott Guenther
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BlowdownBridge outFloodedIcyMuddyOver grownRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

Well, it was at least an adventure getting there. Like others have said the road is blocked off at 8 miles from the trailhead. But if you have a decent 4wd vehicle you can make it up and around the barrier. However, if you do make it past that it is quite overgrown so hopefully you don't care too much about your paint job. Anyway, about 1.8 miles from the trailhead the road is washed out and I don't care if you have a rock crawler that can handle anything it ain't gonna make it without moving some serious rocks and dirt. Finally got to the trailhead which was overgrown and covered in snow. At that point we had "hiked" the road 2.4 miles and then only made it 0.2 miles on the trail before losing it completely. No snow markers, lots of storm created streams, and just a mess. You'll have to have at least a decent gps and topographical map to really find your way even then the snow is something else to contend with. Recommend doing it late summer. I'll try again then and try to leave an updated review.

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Gary Westphal
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

From Three Fingers trail head for about 2 miles it's heavily over grown in many places, trees down, trail tread gone and can be very dangerous. Recomend using other feeder trails to get up there. once passed that point it gets much better.

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Alex Layman
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

From car parking area this is a 25-30mi round trip hike. Hard trail through the bush. once it opens up above the treeline it's still a long way to the top, but the views are worth it.

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