trip reports

August 12, 2019

Goat Rocks backpack

Snowgrass Flats and Goat Lake / 2 night backpacking trip

This was a quick backpacking trip to Goat Rocks with¬†friends and family. We started at the Snowgrass trailhead and hiked in about 4.5 miles to a campsite off the Lily Basin trail. It wasn’t the best camp, however, so in the morning we packed up and moved to a much more scenic location.

Day 1: hike to campsite from Snowgrass trailhead

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

Wilderness sign

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

Goat Rocks!

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

view of Mount Adams

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

almost full moon

 

Day 2: day hike to Goat Lake

Two of us did a short day hike to Goat Lake. The closer we got to the lake, the more wildflowers we saw. They were especially thick at Goat Lake’s outlet stream.

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

day hike to Goat Lake

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

Lily Basin trail

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

the geology in this section is interesting: a waterfall over basalt, with craggy-shaped pinnacles above a large talus slope

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

happy backpacker

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

ridge with a mix of subalpine trees and talus slopes

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

Hawkeye Point

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Goat Creek valley and Goat Ridge (on the right)

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

approaching Goat Lake

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

Goat Lake with no ice! Two years ago in August, it was almost fully covered

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

continuing on the Lily Basin trail past Goat Lake, turn around for this view of Goat Rocks

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

Goat Rocks!

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

Goat Lake from above

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

wildflowers were super abundant near Goat Lake’s outlet stream

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

Mount Adams and Goat Creek valley

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

crossing the talus slope, we could hear picas “meeping”

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

reflections

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sweet campsite

Goat Rocks Wilderness backpacking trip

view from camp

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at sunset, Goat Rocks lights up with an orange glow

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Mount Adams is all pink skies at sunset

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Mount Adams looking dreamy

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hiking out

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