Join the Herd

Our favorite mid-western backpacking partners came to town in early August and were in the mood for a spectacular two-night, three-day trip somewhere close to Portland. After doing my own reconnaissance mission the week before, I knew that the central Goat Rocks area would meet their strict requirements for mountain views, wildflowers, wildlife, and campsites with gurgling streams. The area gets an extreme amount of hiker and backpacker traffic, yes, but what you get is totally worth the price of admission.

Jordan Basin

Jordan Basin flowers

ascending through the flowers in Jordan Basin

ridgeline shadows

Mt. Snowy and the Goat Creek drainage

Goat Lake ruminations

Mt. Snowy in the afternoon

goat herd on the ridge above Goat Lake

Mt. Adams from Goat Lake

hoary marmot

dropping down from Goat Lake

Mt. Adams - hazy sunset

Camp 1

Mt. Adams sunset

love those fire smoke sunsets

lupine lined trail to Snowgrass Flat

heading up the PCT to Old Snowy

lupine, Mt. Adams, on the PCT

up, up, up

C'mon Oscar! This way!

Captain Morgan

marmot in the rocks

a wild mix of flowers

on top of Old Snowy... all covered with cheese

the return from Mt. Snowy

love in the Goat Rocks

Packwood drainage near Mt. Snowy

Ives Peak, Cispus Basin

the scree retaining wall

Ives Peak in the Cispus Basin

Mt. Adams from Camp #2

gurgling stream campsite

alpinglow on Mt. Adams

Milky Way in Cispus Basin

nothing here but some goat fur

shooting star

beargrass and lupine

obligatory team shot

Goat Ridge – Snowgrass – Cispus Basin “Loop” with a side trip up Old Snowy
August 3-5, 2013
30-some miles, 2-nights, 3 days
Goat Rocks Wilderness, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
Wilderness permit required (free, self issue at trailhead)
Northwest Recreation Pass for parking at the Snowgrass trailhead

3 thoughts on “Join the Herd

  1. I love your photos. What do you use? I have no aspirations of becoming a professional photographer but would like to take better pictures for my own memories. Thank you :-)

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