Section 3 Lake Trailhead

Provides access to: Bear Creek Mountain Trail #1130 within Goat Rocks Wilderness. There is also access to Tieton Meadows Trail #1128 within the first mile of Bear Mountain Creek Trail. 

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and available at trailheads.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • Camping prohibited within 100 feet of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and within 100 feet of lakes.
  • Shoe Lake basin and Snow Grass Flats are closed to camping and campfires; camping is available at Hidden Springs (about 1 mile west of Shoe Lake).
  • The Yakima Indian Reservation, bordering the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the southeast side, is closed to the general public except for the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail route  
Closest Towns: Naches, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Naches Ranger District, (509) 653 1401

General Information


From Packwood, WA take US-12 E for 27.5 miles and turn right on Forest Road 1200 (Tieton Reservoir Road) and follow for about 3 miles then take a left to stay on Forest Road 1200 to drive around Clear Lake and follow for 2 miles. Then go right on Forest Road 1205 and follow for 2.7 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 742 and take a slight right on Forest Road 1204 and follow Forest Road 1204 about 6 miles to the trailhead.

Alert: The road is rough.

General Notes:

No facilities


Parking for five vehicles

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3200 ft.