Announcing a new event for ?berbackpackers (NO dayhikes)!
What: Snowgrass Flat/Goat Ridge Loop w/ optional Old Snowy Mountain sidetrip
When: Friday, August 10, 6:30 PM
Where: Click the link below to find out!
Event Description: It's August and the high country season is fully upon us. Let's warm up with the Snowgrass Flat-Goat Ridge Loop through the Goat Rocks Wilderness, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
This trip is a 13-mile loop through some very spectacular terrain with no backtracking, departing the trailhead via Snowgrass Flat Trail #96 and returning via Goat Ridge Trail #95.
From Snowgrass Flat, a challenging but completely optional round-trip side excursion on the Pacific Crest Trail will lead to the 7,600-foot summit of Old Snowy Mountain, where we are sure to have an outstanding panoramic view.
Snowgrass Flat was buried in ash when Mount Saint Helens erupted in 1980. If you're interested in volcanoes, plant succession, etc., it might be an especially fascinating place to visit.
Departing the metropolis around 6:30 PM, as the worst of the rush-hour traffic subsides, we'll arrive at the "Berry Patch" trailhead around 10:00 to 10:30 PM. We can make carpooling arrangements as folks RSVP.
Friday night: We'll start off with a short night hike of less than two hours on Snowgrass Trail #96, probably camping in the vicinity of the Snowgrass Creek crossing about 4 miles in and just shy of Snowgrass Flat itself. The goal would be to be in our tents by midnight.
Saturday: In the morning and afternoon, some of us will make the optional ~8-mile return sidetrip up the PCT to Old Snowy Mountain. Others may wish to relax a bit more. In the evening, we'll probably move camp up to the vicinity of Goat Lake for a change of scenery and a shorter return trip.
Sunday: We hike back to the trailhead via Goat Ridge Trail #95. This high ridge should offer excellent views of the area. Note that as with any "high and dry" trail, water sources will be scarce or nonexistent, so we should be carrying about 3 liters of water *each* leaving Goat Lake.
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest reports that the Goat Ridge and Snowgrass Flat trails are both clear and accessible.
Dogs are permitted on these trails and are welcome on this trip, so long as they're in sufficiently strong physical condition.
Please join us at your own risk! It will be a spectacular weekend.
p.s. Previous adventurer Jonathan Ley was kind enough to post a few photos of the area online. You can view them here: http://www.phlumf.com/other/photos/snowgrass/snowgrass.htm
Learn more here:http://backpackers.meetup.com/138/calendar/6133960/