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Trip Report: Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:55:25 PM »

Absolutely surreal. Those are the words that best describe this expansive wilderness littered with alpine meadows, basins, alpine lakes and tarns, glaciers, extinct stratovolcanos and abundant wildlife.

I enjoyed 4 days in this stunning landscape, which is in the Cascade Mountain Range, located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in southern Washington. It was the most marvelous hiking I have ever experienced, and I'm excited to share some highlights.

The PCT Knife Edge is amazing, with sheer thousand foot cliffs and scrambling, it's absolutely wild. We also had several technical glacier crossings with minimal margin for error. We experienced a flock of 40 mountain goats grazing for about 2-3 hours within 50 yards of our campsite the first night, which set the bar for the entire trip. It ended with watching the most spectacular sunset I've ever witnessed over Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. Truly an unforgettable trip. I can't highly recommend enough this area on everyone's bucket list.

Trip Details:
4 days | 35 miles | Elevation +7981 -7967'

Day 1: Snowgrass Flats to Cispus Pass
Day 2: Cispus Basin to Old Snowy, PCT Knife Edge and Elk Pass
Day 3: Elk Pass to Goat Lake and Hawkeye Point
Day 4: Hawkeye Point to Goat Ridge to Berry Patch TH

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Entrance

Rock Slide along PCT

Cispus Basin, Big Horn & Goat Citadel

Big Horn, Black Thumb & Goat Citadel

Cispus Basin

Western Pasqueflowers, Cispus Basin

Cipus Basin

Late afternoon in Cispus Basin

Cispus Basin Camp at 6365' - cuben tarp and bugnet

Hello? Who are you?

Grazing Goats

Cispus Basin Waterfall

Looking into Snowgrass Flat Basin

Hikers crossing Packwood Glacier

PCT Knife Edge

Unique rock layer formation

Old Snowy Mountain

Tributary into the Clear Fork Cowitz River

Glacier in Cowitz Basin


Mt. Rainier

Goat Lake and waterfall

Goat Lake

Sunset on Mt. Rainier

Sunset on Mt. Adams

Video of amazing sunset over Mt. Rainier
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Re: Trip Report: Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2018, 06:31:39 AM »

The cliff lines whisper "I have secrets to share".  But sometimes they lie!! :D


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Re: Trip Report: Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 07:56:57 AM »

Goat Rocks has been on my list for a while, so many places to see. Thanks for the photos


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Re: Trip Report: Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2018, 09:53:05 AM »

I want to go to there.


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Re: Trip Report: Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2018, 08:44:06 PM »

I want to go to there.
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Listen, this thread kills me bc I was tryin' to make it to the Pacific NW this year and it just never worked out. I love Washington... Awesome pics!!!
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