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Finish with a couple switchbacks to the usually very windy Cispus Pass and cherish the views of two wonderful basins simultaneously before returning down to Walupt Lake. Or better yet turn left (S) from the tiny pass area steeply up the scree-covered ridge path a hundred yards or so for more solitude and the premier overlook of the day. See another path on the other side of the pass and the continuation of the PCT traveling through Cispus Basin to Snowgrass Flats en route to its second highest point in Washington (7000 ft) N of Old Snowy Mountain.

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ELEVATION: 7431 ft; 6650 ft without the summit; with vertical gains of 3281 ft, and 2500 ft for Goat Lake loop alone.

DISTANCE: 62 mi from Berry Patch TH (5 5 mi to the high intersection with Lily Basin Trail, plus 5 mi from Snowgrass Flats TH), 161/2 mi clockwise loop including the summit; 14 mi clockwise loop without the summit.

DURATION: 3-4 hours directly up Goat Ridge Trail, 8-10 hours round-trip loop; 7-9 hours round-trip loop without the summit.

DIFFICULTY: Very challenging. Steady trails, mosquitoes July into August, few steeps, well signed, obvious, fairly long, steeper summit block with snow/ice crossing okay without special gear in late summer, mountain goat encounters possible.

TRIP REPORT: Most people camp at various locations throughout Goat Rocks Wilderness including at the THs, but several day hikes surrounding this one prove it’s not necessary for those in good shape getting an early start! The Snowgrass Trail to Snowgrass Flats is fairly crowded on summer weekends because of the camping options there and the short season. Northwest Forest Pass required at both THs, and an outhouse is located at Berry Patch TH.

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