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As a follow-up to the review by PhLo S just below...my group went August 10-12. There were some flies and mosquitoes at the lower elevations, but nothing close to plague-level. As a precaution we wore long sleeve shirts and long pants, with the option to wear head nets. While hiking these precautions weren't really needed, but during rest stops the bugs can get annoying. The views at the upper elevations are amazing. This was one of the best hikes I have been on.

Easy enough to do, although some uphills in parts - about 1,000 feet increase in elevation. Great views of the mountains, lakes, valleys and some wildlife. Even saw a fox that was not at all afraid of us!

First off, DO NOT follow the directions on AllTrails! Take FR 21 instead of FR 48 and search for directions ahead of time from somewhere else as the ones here are horribly inaccurate (wrong forest road and not 9.5 miles, more like 20 once on FR 21). If it weren’t for the payoff when you make it up to Goat Lake, I’d have a hard time recommending this trail. I went counterclockwise to how Alltrails has you do it (I went through Snowgrass Flats then onto Goat Lake) and the first 4 miles are brutal but not because the trail is incredibly difficult, but because of the relentless biting flies and gradual ascent. I pushed through faster than I wanted and when I’d stop for a break I’d be covered in seconds by dozens of flies, none of them caring that I had 100% deet all over. So then you just keep going and by the time I made it out of the forest I was exhausted. Once you clear the forest, Snowgrass flats is great. Crowded, but beautiful and with plenty of water sources so no need to carry a lot of water if you have any way to filter. The last push up to the lake is absolutely gorgeous though a pretty steady climb. Once at the lake, madness; it was a Friday evening and there must have been over 50 people camping at the lake (including a tent city with 6 tents all clustered together) so I pressed on to Jordan Basin and found a spot to hang my hammock for the night. Easy 5 miles into the Berrypatch parking area the next morning and then the short connector back to the other parking lot. Overall it was worth it but I won’t come back until the weather has turned in the fall when I think the bugs won’t be an issue and the crowds will have died down.

I did this hike with my kids and it was great. we stopped at the lake so the kids could dip their feet. A bit of an up hill at the end that they weren't thrilled about but they did it.

Three friends and I did an overnight along this route, staying near Goat Lake. The hike is absolutely miserable near the beginning and end due to plague-level biting flies that easily eclipse the also annoying mosquito infestation. A ways above the treeline all that junk disappears. The views and nice weather made up for the terribly buggy ascent and descent. We did the side trip up Hawkeye Point on our way back, well worth the extra effort. As the first evening approached, the clouds cleared off Mt. Adams. The view south from Goat Lake is amazing. The wildflowers were fairly abundant, especially near small streams. Keep in mind that standard insect repellent does absolutely nothing for the biting flies even if it keeps the mosquitoes from biting. Deet, Picaradin - no effect. Had I known, I would have read up on specific solutions for biting flies as they were far worse than mosquitoes. If you can tolerate wearing pants on a hot day, it will reduce the flies' annoyance at least a bit. Slapping your full body is harder, though it burns more calories. If you plan to camp, I highly recommend going on a weekday. It's a very popular and crowded trail. Maybe we saw over a hundred people total. Luckily we stayed Sunday night, so most of the weekend hikers were on their way down as we went up. If you are concerned about snow, as of August 6th there isn't any on the trail this entire loop route. There is a big, steep snow patch in the saddle going to the Hawkeye Point side trip, but there is a makeshift trail below and east of the snow to keep it safer. From Hawkeye Point we were able to see 28 goats to the northeast. Keep in mind they might be in the snow, in which case they blend in a bit. Bring a powerful lens (like 200 or 300 mm at least... aka 10x zoom+) if you want to get a decent photo of them.

We planned our arrival in hopes that 830 at the trailhead would get us parking and avoid the crowds. We were right and wrong at the same time. The trailheads at West Parking and Berry Patch were both packed, but as it turned out, it was mostly day hikers.

The trail condition heading up Snowgrass Trail (We did the loop counter clock wise) was in great condition, and the bugs were only bugging us if we stopped. We were hiking with two dogs, and the bugs were more interested in them than us.

There were plenty of people on the trail, but almost all of them were day hikers in large groups. We saw maybe 5-6 backpacking groups (2-4 people) the entire way up. We stopped and ate lunch at Snowgrass before pushing on towards Goat Lake, where we intended to set up camp. The bugs were worse up in snow grass flat, but not unbearable and as the valley opened up the views made us completely forget it.

We ended up deciding to make camp about a mile shy of Goat Lake. I'm not one for crowds, and everyone was headed up there and we were early on the trail for backpackers. It ended up being a great call, as we found a nice shaded spot a little off the trail with a perfectly framed view of Mt. Adams and easy access to fresh water. Through my telephoto later that evening, I counted over 15 tents in the vicinity of Goat Lake.

The next day, we continued the loop, stopping for pictures and to let the pups play in the snow at Goat Lake.

The trail from a mile prior to Goat Lake, and about 3 miles after it is absolutely beautiful, but a little precarious for novice hikers, hikers with inexperienced dogs, and children. The drop offs exceed 1000 feet in places, and while the path is mostly in wonderful condition, there are sections that require a little more concentration, and they generally match up with those steep drop offs. Just a thought to consider when deciding how best to tackle this loop, or whether to just do an out and back on Snowgrass.

After crossing the ridge into Jordan Basin and following the long ridge-hugging trail down into the treeline, the trail slowly widens, the canopy thickens and despite a last minute climb before the 1.8 mile elevator descent to parking, the trail was very enjoyable.

Water is pretty available the whole loop, but the wooded section on the western part of the loop has only one good creek access, and the rest of the water is available above the tree line. Jordan Basin has a wide, cool stream to fill up in before your descent. We packed too much water in, considering the availability of fresh water throughout the hike.

For a weekend backpacking trip on this trail, I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of crowds, availability of camp sites and the friendliness of everyone on the trail. There were lots of dogs, lots of families with young kids and hikers of all ages on the trail.

This is a beautiful scenic trail. Unfortunately I ran out of gas about one half mile before Goat Lake. The views are amazing but I ended at 12 miles which was too much for me to day hike. I will have to try it again another day. A side note, the biting flies are insane, bring lots of repellent or you will be miserable.

18.07.28 (Overnight)
The trail itself is in good shape and the spectacular views begin around 5 miles in. The trail was very busy, but not excessively so.
Bugs were an absolute horror until you get above the treeline, to the degree that even my 2 dogs were actually groaning and thrashing around in frustration whenever we stopped for water.
The lake is 90% frozen and there was still snow around Goat Lake, but solid ground could be found for tents. However, there were easily >30 tents crammed throughout the vicinity and campfires were in use by some groups despite very visible signage stating this was prohibited. In short, it was a zoo.
The gross misconduct by overnighters and general overuse of the area will unfortunately keep me away. Please, be respectful when you enjoy these beautiful trails.

Great views of Rainier. Start early to beat crowds. Easy hike.

on Sunrise Rim Trail

19 days ago

Pretty hike. Connected to several other trails, easy to continue on.

backpacking
21 days ago

the trails and campsites are enjoyable, and the lake is beautiful.

The mosquitoes are out in full force right now, so be prepared for that. the minute you stop walking, they start to swarm.

if you go during the week you'll have your pick of the sites and plenty of solitude.

There's lots of trash at the campsites, though, so please remember to pack out whatever you bring, and any trash other people left behind.

Great hike through the trees. Lake is beautiful. Plenty of places up around the lake to be secluded from others. My husband and son caught 4 trout. Hike is not strenuous, little elevation gain. Took about an hour and a half for our family of 4 to get there. Bugs weren't terrible, but we had bug spray. Would definitely hike again if in the area.

hiking
26 days ago

Several ways to do this hike. We went up to first Burroughs. That is the 5.3 hike. The lesser loop is like 3.3. Amazing views!! Go early. Waited in line for an hour to get in the park. Easy trail till you get to Shadow Lake then moderate to top of Burroughs. Don’t miss this one!! Worth the drive!

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked to Packwood Lake today with my son and grandson. Beautiful day. Sunny and warm with cool breeze every now and then.

The parking lot was full as you'd expect on a nice weekend day. We left in about 12:30pm. Round trip counting the time spent at the lake was 5hrs. The trail is mostly flat with one way elevation gain of 900ft. Easy. There were lots of people at the lake. Lots of tents and people overnighting. We found a nice spot by the water had snacks and had fun. The return trip always seems longer on the trail for some reason and saw about 5 horses total and a small group packing up their ATV's to come back.

This is a great hike and one for he whole family.

Not worth your sweat. Would rather play fortnite than come here again. Go to blue hole instead just right around the corner.

Beautiful hike! We hit some pretty bad mosquitoes while down in the trees, but they were absent up in the meadows and higher.
Great views, fun glissading, a chilly polar plunge and very patient Park Rangers made for a very rewarding hike.

camping
1 month ago

Perfect weather for a beautiful hike to the lake. We were there the weekend after the 4th so a lot of people were there. As everyone else mentioned, the mosquitoes were out in full force!

7/6/2018 Incredible loop, my son and I hiked in from Berry Patch trailhead to Goat Lake with an overnight at Jordan Basin. The second day we went up to Hawkeye Point in the morning, then trotted the 4 miles back from camp to Berry Patch in the afternoon.

There is still a lot of snow: Goat Lake was still frozen over, with melt along the edges, and the campsites there were still in snow. The way from the Bypass Trail to Goat Lake was about 40-50% over snow, but easily navigable, with many short snow bridges over the numerous runoff streams. The scenery is magnificent as you come out above timberline on the Lily Basin Trail after the Snowgrass veers east to join the PCT. Enough wildflowers were out to provide constant interest. Camp at Jordan Basin was beautiful, with a view south to Mount Adams and water at the doorstep; we were alone except for a solo camper and several marmots. A cold night with a bit of skim ice on the water when we awoke.

The morning hike to Hawkeye (about 1,000 vertical from Jordan) was beautiful, with one long snow ridge (again, easily manageable). From Hawkeye we had a magnificent view taking in Rainier, Adams, the tip of Hood, and Mount St. Helens, only this last shrouded in clouds. Goat Lake is directly below.

The trail back to Berry Patch is a pleasant gradual descent through Jordan Basin and then into forest. Really an extraordinary hike, strenuous but not desperate on the way to Goat Lake.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful lake! It’s an easy hike, definitely not the elevation All Trails says. We packed in on a Sunday and from what we could tell were the only ones out there until Monday morning on our way out. The mosquitoes were the worst part of it - horrible in the trees near the lake, but not so bad near the lake. Seemed like we had to keep reapplying the bug spray in order to keep them away. Definitely recommend this hike for backpacking or for the day!

Did this hike for Bachelor party about a month ago for 2 nights! fairly easy hike with not views on the way until the lake is reached. Found a great spot on the north side of the lake. Please hike out what you bring in, some one or multiple people over time had left A LOT of trash on the other side of the trail from our camp spot and at the first camp site on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail, big lot at trailhead with maintained toilet. Beautiful dappled sunlight through the trees for most of the trail. Some mosquitoes, bring bug spray, but some breezes helped. Lovely view at the lake, clear water. Moderately busy, every other group had a dog, all on leash.

hiking
1 month ago

The only reason I gave 4 stars is because of the mosquitoes...They were so aggressive!! We were ill prepared and didn't have spray. Luckily got some from a camper at the lake for the trek back, but they were still pretty persistent. I have no less than 70 bites. However...the lake was amazing and worth the annoyance of the bugs. We hiked probably 3/4 mile around lake to find a good private spot to eat lunch and hang out. Fish were jumping all over the place, so bring your poles. The elevation changes are very minor and the trail is great condition. Length does tucker you out near the end if doing in a day, but nothing too bad!

Loved it. Beautiful scenery all around! We went early September so we just missed the wildflowers, but it was still amazing.

on Packwood Lake Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Mosquitoes were awful this afternoon. Bug spray is a must!! Packwood Lake is beautiful♡

Duke, my dog, and I love this hike! The lake is beautiful but the way there is just as pretty! He really enjoys the water. Even though a lot of people do this hike you don’t run into a lot of people and if you do they’re all very nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, took the kids and dogs. It was pretty long for them, but we stopped up at the lake and ate lunch and relaxed. Great spot to backpack in and stay a few nights, will do that next time.

6/16 - attempted to backpack this and there is more snow up there than I thought there'd be. 6+ ft of snow by the time you approach snow glass flats. More snow the further elevation you gain. Packed in pretty well, but we got hit with hard rain and the temp dropped quickly, so we hiked back out.

I went in late July and I can say that this is not for the inexperienced hiker, but a great first backpacking trip. I've not seen anywhere more gorgeous than this place in my 10 years in the Pacific Northwest. The scenery is breathtaking and diverse and I've never seen so many colorful wildflowers anywhere else.

DOG OWNERS BEWARE: there is snow traversing and swift creek crossings where the snow has created a bridge over the creeks, so if your pup slips in they might not get out. I have small dogs and I highly recommend a Ruffwear harness with a handle so you can (gently) toss your pups over to the other side while keeping them leashed (and keeping the leash snug around your wrist), just in case they do stumble in (also don't rely on the clipped part of the leash to stay fastened if this happens, tie the leash tight to the harness, and honestly small rope is preferred to a leash in this scenario).

Don't miss the view at the Goat Ridge lookout but BRING BUG SPRAY. There are mosquitoes all over the place, especially at many of the campsites, but the mosquitoes at the Goat Ridge lookout were intense. Totally worth it though because the views are great and also a great place to set up shop.

hiking
2 months ago

We had a great day on this hike and yes the mesquitos are a pest but it was 8.85 miles with 1394 in elevation. We started on the trail and came back the lower road.

backpacking
2 months ago

The hike starts off great in really condense forest with a slight incline with views of Goat Rocks off to your left. when start to get closer to the lake make sure you don't forget the mosquito repellant, their not crazy thick right now but annoying enough to not enjoy your day. Towards the end and can start to see the lake with a little bit of a decent through a rocky bed trail. Once you reach the lake you have breath taking views with Johnson Peak soaring over the lake its phenomenal. Now comes the exciting part seeing the old ranger station still intact was a rustic piece of history that you will never forget. The trail then goes over a tucked away cove on newly aged bridged. Definitely worth a few snaps of the camera for sure. When you walk around the lake there are plenty of places to throw a line in the water and catch some nice trout so don't forget your fishing pole. I forgot it at first and decided about 400 yrs in to go back and get it, boy glad I did. I believe this hike was easy but still challenging enough where you can enjoy yourself and if you have kids it seem really friendly not too many people on the trail but also 5 people to me on the trail is too much and I think we saw at least 15 +. Regardless still a great trail and plan in going back again except this time we will hike to the three lakes up higher towards Johnson Peak. Oh and stay safe out there we had to cut our trip short due to the gf broke her arm. She's a trooper.

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