Wilderness: Goat Rocks
The 108,023 acre Goat Rocks Wilderness is a part of the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range in southwestern Washington located between Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. The Goat Rocks are remnants of a large volcano, extinct for some two million years. A portion of Goat Rocks Wilderness is within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Glaciation and erosion have worn away at the terrain here, leaving moderate summits on both sides of the crest of the Cascades. The elevation in the Goat Rocks ranges from 3,000 feet to 8,201 feet at Gilbert Peak. The deep east-west drainages below the ridges often open into park-like alpine meadows dotted with small lakes and even smaller ponds.
Annual snowfall typically equals more than 25 feet, not melting entirely until late July or early August and keeping the ponds and lakes full in the warmer months. Pikas and marmots inhabit areas above timberline, while the more reserved deer and elk have been sighted at lower elevations. Mountain goats frequent the higher elevations. Much of the 120-mile trail system stays on the ridges at or above timberline.
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 (PCT) wanders north-south through the middle of the Wilderness for 31.1 miles, past 7,930-foot Old Snowy Mountain, where glaciers persist. Approximately 14 other trails climb to eventually join the Pacific Crest Trail.
- Key access points: Trail and trailhead information.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||09/21/2021: Much of the Goat Rocks is above 6000 feet and typically receives snow fall as early as mid-late September. Check the local forecast before setting off on your hike and always have a plan B. Please refer to specific trails listed in the hiking section of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District for more indepth information. Information on current conditions is updated as we receive it. For current information, contact Cowlitz Valley Ranger District 360-497-1103.|
|Closest Towns:||Packwood, WA|
|Passes:||Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. View our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.|
Goat Rocks Wilderness is southeast of Packwood, WA on the crest of the Cascade Range south of U.S. Highway 12.
- Trailhead: Clear Fork - access to Trail #61 Clear Fork.
- Trailhead: Bluff Lake - access to Trail #65 Bluff Lake.
- Trailhead: Three Peaks - access to Trail #69 Three Peaks.
- Trailhead: Clear Lost - access to Trail #76 Clear Lost.
- Trailhead: Packwood Lake - access to Trail #78 Packwood Lake.
- Trailhead: Lily Basin STOCK - access to Trail #86 Lily Basin.
- Trailhead: Lily Basin - access to Trail #86 Lily Basin.
- Trailhead: Glacier Lake - access to Trail #89 Glacier Lake.
- Trailhead: Angry Mountain - access to Trail #90 Angry Mountain.
- Trailhead: Jordan Creek - access to Trail #94 Jordan Creek.
- Trailhead: Berry Patch -access to Trail #95 Goat Ridge.
- Trailhead: Snowgrass for hikers -access to Trail #96 Snowgrass.
- Trailhead: Walupt Lake - access to Trail #101 Walupt Lake and Trail #98 Nannie Ridge.
- Trailhead: Coleman Weedpatch - access to Trail #121 Coleman Weedpatch.
- Trailhead: Midway Pacific Crest - access to Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 southeast of Goat Rocks.
Hamilton Buttes, Jennies Butte, Ohanapecosh Hotsprings, Old Snowy Mountain, Packwood Lake, Pinegress Ridge, Spiral Butte, Walupt Lake, White Pass.
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Other Trails within Goat Rocks Wilderness within Gifford Pinchot National Forest:
- Trail #79 Coyote - access from Trail #78 Packwood Lake.
- Trail #81 Upper Lake Creek - access from Trail #78 Packwood Lake.
Trail #97 Bypass - This trail connects the Snowgrass Trail #96 and the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.
See also: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Goat Rocks Wilderness information.