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Goat Ridge Trail #95

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 4.7 (3)

This scenic trail climbs to, then follows, a ridgeline through flowering meadows.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Point to Point

6,610' 2,015 m

High

4,714' 1,437 m

Low

2,063' 629 m

Up

166' 51 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The Snowgrass, Goat Lake, and Old Snowy areas are the most crowded areas in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Expect parking lots and camp spots to fill early even on the weekdays. Help preserve the fragile meadows and Leave No Trace by following Wilderness Regulations.

Description

The Goat Ridge Trail heads north from the Berry Patch Trailhead. The route immediately ascends the southeast side of Goat Ridge through conifer forest with sporadic views south to Mt. Adams. After a little over a mile and ~900 ft of elevation gain, the Goat Ridge Lookout Trail leaves the main trail to the west. This is where many hikers will leave the trail to take in views from Goat Ridge Lookout.

Continue climbing Goat Ridge on the main trail. The trail crosses a saddle then slightly descends, passing the junction with Jordan Creek Trail. The trail passes through flowering meadows and scree fields as it slowly ascends towards Jordan Creek Basin. The trail can be exposed and loose along this section, so be wary.

At a little over 3.5 miles from the trailhead, you'll enter the flower-filled Jordan Creek Basin. There are a couple camps in the trees that are popular among backpackers. The trail continues to climb from Jordan Creek Basin to the ridge where it ends at the junction with the Lily Basin Trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: USFS - Gifford Pinchot

Shared By:

Sarah Baker

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Enjoy the view toward Snowgrass Flats from the Lily Basin - Goat Ridge junction.
May 18, 2017 near Morton, WA
Climb through verdant meadows to Jordan Basin.
May 18, 2017 near Morton, WA

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