Goat Rocks Wilderness Four Day Backpack

Rate this Adventure 35 miles  - Point-to-Point Trail

Added by Stephen Johnson

This four day backpack in the goat rocks wilderness is full of amazing ridgelines, wildflowers, and views of three volcanoes.  

On the first day park one car at the Packwood Lake trail head and then drive your other car to the Lilly Basin trail.  In the summer of 2015 the road to the Lilly Basin trail had a big washout that required a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle to get through.  From the Lilly Basin trail hike into Heart Lake.

On day two continue on the Lilly Basin trail past Goat Lake to the snow grass flats.  There is an excellent side trip up Hawkeye point.  From the top of Hawkeye point you have 360 degree views of Mt Rainer, Mt Adams, and Mt Saint Helens.  It is worth the short trip up.  At the snow grass flats only camp in designated areas and try to not be here on a weekend as it fills up really fast.

The third day is the big hike with an amazing ridge line.  From the snow grass flats follow the PCT up over packwood glacier to Elk pass.  At Elk pass follow coyote trail to Lost Lake.  In the summer of 2015 there was a huge section of downed trees along Coyote trail.  It was impossible to follow the trail at this point and we completely lost the trail.  Be sure you know how to navigate without a trail to get through here.  We used Topo Maps+ on our iPhones.  Though a map and compass would work just as well.

On day four hike out to your car via Packwood Lake.

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