Snowgrass Flats|Goat Ridge Loop [Camping]

Snowgrass Flats is in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, and it is drop dead gorgeous! You can see Mts. Rainier, St. Helens, and Adams.
This hike is a bit long (13 miles RT), so I'm making this an overnight hike.

Campfires are allowed!

I've added a map (see below) which shows our route.

Chuck's cell: [masked]

Weather forecast - 9/20: This hike will not be cancelled if it rains.
Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 49. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday Night: Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday: Rain. High near 43. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Source: National Weather Service

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Difficulty: moderate
Distance: 12.8 miles
Elevation gain: 2590 ft
Maximum elevation: 6500 ft
Pass required: none (!)
Trailhead location: Snowgrass TH:[masked], [masked]

More info:

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Some things to bring:

10 essentials (See
Emergency contact info
Bug spray (the bugs should be gone, but it's best to be safe)
Sun block
Food for two days
Sleeping bag and pad
Tent (or arrange to share)

Here is our route. We'll go counterclockwise (start on the right side and return on the left). We'll camp just after Goat Lake (the lake does have campsites, but they're too exposed to the wind.).


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Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.

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  • Charlotte S.

    I am so glad to hear that Trailside will continue.

    September 23, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    Whew! Obviously, Mike decided to keep Trailside going. Yay!

    September 23, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    I will meet Charlotte (and maybe Kendra) at the P&R. I won't wait later than 7:15, because I promised Clint that I would meet him in Elbe between 8 AM and 8:15. As noted below, we should arrive at the trailhead between 9:45 and 10:15.

    September 20, 2013

  • Teresa

    I am so bummed to miss this hike! I just got back from the Dr., and have to get a MRI done on by back (it went out 3 wks ago). She said, "no backpacking!" Have fun and post pics.

    September 20, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    It looks like Saturday will be fairly dry, but Sunday will definitely be wet. The hike is still on.

    Note that the National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for all of western Washington which says that a front will bring rain and winds to us. I think that we'll be okay, because it says that the worst of it will be up north in the San Juans and on the coast. The statement is at­

    I will keep my eye on this, but for now you can assume that the hike is still on.

    September 20, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    Bring your rain gear. I am *not* cancelling this hike, because this will probably be the very last Trailside hike.

    September 19, 2013

    • Jen

      The very last Trailside hike ever?

      September 20, 2013

    • Chuck M.

      That is unfortunately correct. Mike told the leadership not to schedule anything past the 21st, because he will very likely shut down the Trailside meetup group at month's end. Now, he still could change his mind, but that seems unlikely.

      September 20, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    Be prepared for wet weather.

    September 18, 2013

  • Charlotte S.

    I am preparing for good or bad weather.

    September 16, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    Rain showers are likely on Saturday. Note that I will *NOT* cancel the hike unless it is dangerous (lightning storms, etc.), and that is not likely.

    September 16, 2013

  • Susan

    Ooops HELLO!
    No need to reply, I see from the map, this is an overnite backpack trip.

    September 11, 2013

  • Jen

    This is a great loop, I have done it before. There is a nice camping spot next to a creek. Though I was looking forward to it, I have to bail. Bummer.

    September 9, 2013

  • Gretchen S.

    I also did not realize it is an overnight trip, so am bowing out.

    August 27, 2013

  • Flo

    oops, sorry Chuck I have wanted to get to Snowgrass Flats, but did not realize until reading the description that you have made this a camping event instead of just a hike, changing RSVP,

    August 27, 2013

  • Christopher

    Chuck, is there you're not opening RSVPs now? Thanks.

    June 9, 2013

    • Chuck M.

      I'm trying something new. RSVPs don't open until 30 days before the event. I hope that this will prevent a mad rush to sign up and a 20 person waiting list.

      2 · June 9, 2013

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