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Results List

9 Hikes
Snowgrass Flat

South Cascades

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.35
(23 votes)
Enjoy a hike to a beautiful subalpine meadow in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. A good destination all on its own, it can also provide a jumping off point for a longer trip.
 
 
Cispus Pass

South Cascades

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike to a stunning viewpoint high above two river valleys in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.
 
 
 
9.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2056 ft.
Highest Point: 5842.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
A steep climb rewards you with huckleberries, stunning mountain views, wildflower meadows and a charming alpine lake along the Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 
Packwood Lake

South Cascades

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(33 votes)
When most of Washington’s alpine lakes are still snow-covered, Packwood Lake rewards hikers with a relaxing early-season hike ideal for dusting off your boots.
 
 
Lost Lake

South Cascades

 
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Accessible from both Packwood Lake and the Clear Fork trailhead, Lost Lake is a medium-sized, scenic little mountain lake ringed with trees and nestled in a small bowl below the former Lost Lake lookout site, a good spot for overnighting or taking a long day hike.
 
 
 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
Climb through incredible high-mountain meadows, then scramble up a rocky peak to amazing three-volcano panoramas, and along a stark knife-edge ridge to a divide between the Packwood Lake basin and the Tieton River valley.
 
 
Nannie Peak Loop

South Cascades

 
14.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Head to the site of a former fire lookout for expansive sunset views, then wait for darkness to enjoy a star-spangled night sky before heading back to camp.
 
 
 
19.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
A broad expanse of meadow blooms with a lovely waterfall, while the Goat Rocks loom overhead and Mount Adams feels close enough to touch to the south.
 
 
Surprise Lake

South Cascades

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1505 ft.
Highest Point: 5260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.45
(11 votes)
Most hikers enter the Goat Rocks Wilderness from the western side, but those who come in from the east find the wilderness just as beautiful and wild, and much less crowded. The Surprise Lake Trail is one of the few that enter from the east, and it is also one of the most gentle and scenic.