Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country
by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)
© 2005 Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We had perfect weather when we hiked this trail and the trail was in great shape. The first 2 miles of the trail didn't offer any great views but the hike through the forest was enjoyable. We did pass 2 men on horseback and plenty of horse droppings. About 2.5 miles in on the left side of the trail there is a side trail up to an old lookout site. We didn't take the side trail. Just past the lookout trail there is a viewpoint that looks across to Mt. Adams. You have to step off the trail a little bit onto some rocks and it could be easy to miss, but it's one of the best views. The rest of the trail out to Sheep Lake is beautiful, offering a few great views of the Goat Rocks and Mt. Adams. Before Sheep lake there is a smaller pond that has at least 2 campsites and further down the trail we saw another campsite that overlooks the Goat Rocks. Sheep lake was fairly crowded when we got there late in the afternoon with overnite campers. We met one group of 9 and we saw several other tents. The trail itself was not crowded. We only passed about 6-7 people coming in and out. We didn't camp at sheep lake but it was beautiful especially with all the wildflowers in bloom. We did not see a bear, but a camper at Walupt lake (where the Nannie ridge trail begins) reported seeing a bear on the trail 2 days before we were there. All in all the 9 mile trip took us about 5 hours.
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