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Snowgrass Flat

South Cascades

Location

South Cascades
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Length

8.8 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.

Rating

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Snowgrass Flat is a gorgeous destination in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, with a lovely wide meadow and excellent views of surrounding peaks and wildflowers in season. It makes for a lovely day hike and there are also campsites if you'd like to turn your trip into an overnight. 

Soon after leaving the trailhead, you'll notice the equestrian trail to the left, which heads to the equestrian parking lot. Continue on the main trail. The trail begins mostly gently for the first section, crossing a few streams and traversing a forested hill, before crossing Goat Creek at a bit after 1.5 miles. Soon after, the trail begins to climb more seriously. As you climb, you'll start to see more views, including Mount St. Helens. At 3.6 miles, you'll reach a junction. Head left toward Snowgrass Flat. (Turning right takes you toward the Pacific Crest Trail.) 

Continue for another 0.7 miles to Snowgrass Flat. Along the way, watch for campsites. Be sure to camp in established sites, and not on the meadow. You can also continue on another 0.8 miles to join the Pacific Crest Trail and enjoy even more views and meadows. If you're not exploring farther, return the way you came. 

 

Snowgrass Flat

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.4642, -121.5190 Open map in new window

Trailhead

South Cascades

Snowgrass (#96)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Nelson and Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails No. 302 Packwood

Green Trails No. 303 White Pass

Green Trails No. 304 Blue Lake

Green Trails No. 335 Walupt Lake

Green Trails No. 303S Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness

Getting There

From Packwood, head south on Highway 12 for 3 miles. Turn left (west) onto Forest Road 21. Stay on that road for 13 miles, and then veer left toward Forest Road 2150 (signed for Snowgrass Flat). Follow 2150 and turn right on the 045 spur, which is signed for Snowgrass Flat. Equestrians keep left at this junction and proceed to the equestrian trailhead.

 

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