Snowgrass Flats Trail

Packwood, Washington

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One of the most gorgeous alpine meadows in the state lies south of Mount Rainier in an area still showing the effects of the Mount St. Helens blast. Children will enjoy looking for 4-inch blueberry bushes and flowers poking up through sand and ash in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Flowers include fields of white avalanche lilies and cream-colored spikes of bear-grass. The sheep that used to graze here are gone from this area, thank goodness, which has allowed the meadows to return—including the snowgrass, a favorite sheep snack. Have children look directly up above the meadows to the rocky summit of Old Snowy, the highest peak in the Goat Rocks, and south to glorious Mount Adams and what is left of Mount St. Helens.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

One of the most gorgeous alpine meadows in the state lies south of Mount Rainier in an area still showing the effects of the Mount St. Helens blast. Children will enjoy looking for 4-inch blueberry bushes and flowers poking up through sand and ash in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.

Flowers include fields of white avalanche lilies and cream-colored spikes of bear-grass. The sheep that used to graze here are gone from this area, thank goodness, which has allowed the meadows to return—including the snowgrass, a favorite sheep snack. Have children look directly up above the meadows to the rocky summit of Old Snowy, the highest peak in the Goat Rocks, and south to glorious Mount Adams and what is left of Mount St. Helens.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,700 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 303 White Pass, No. 335 Walupt Lake, No. 302 Packwood Lake; USGS Walupt Lake, Old Snowy Mountain; USFS Goat Rocks Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Snowgrass Flats Trail

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