South Fork Tieton - Surprise Lake Loop

Yakima, Washington

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Hike from the lush, beautiful, mid-elevation Conrad Meadows to the alpine terrain and spectacular flower displays at the headwaters of the South Fork Tieton River. The meadow is usually very lush and green in early summer, but by fall it will be grazed down by cattle and the large herd of elk that abide here. Mornings and evenings, there is a very good chance you will see elk in the meadow. If you happen to be here in September, you may even hear the bull elk bugling. The course crosses Conrad Meadows, then enters a forest of young lodgepole pines.
Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country

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Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Hike from the lush, beautiful, mid-elevation Conrad Meadows to the alpine terrain and spectacular flower displays at the headwaters of the South Fork Tieton River. The meadow is usually very lush and green in early summer, but by fall it will be grazed down by cattle and the large herd of elk that abide here.

Mornings and evenings, there is a very good chance you will see elk in the meadow. If you happen to be here in September, you may even hear the bull elk bugling. The course crosses Conrad Meadows, then enters a forest of young lodgepole pines.

© 2005 Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Yakima
Distance: 16.2
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack or long day hike
Season: Mid-July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Goat Rocks Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Pinegrass Ridge, Jennies Butte, Walupt Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to South Fork Tieton - Surprise Lake Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/22/2006
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Five of my grandson's and I made a one day round trip into Surprise Lake, from Conrad Meadows. The trail was in good condition, the lake and Goats Rocks were as spectacular as my memories of them. It was a long 13 mile hike, but a wonderful day for 73 year old grandma and her granson's.



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Apr 2018