Old Snowy Mountain Climb

Morton, Washington

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Climb to the summit of Old Snowy Mountain from the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and take in the view covering most of Goat Rocks Wilderness and the southern Washington Cascades. The 7,930-foot-high summit of Old Snowy Mountain, the third highest in Goat Rocks, offers a 360-degree panorama of the southern Washington Cascade Range. The climb to the summit of Old Snowy Mountain begins on a section of the PCT that was constructed to bypass the crossing of Packwood Glacier. Turn east at the junction and climb along the right side of the ridgeline. After gaining about 300 feet of elevation the trail makes the first of eight switchbacks, taking it to its highest point (7,650 feet). At this point, 0.6 mile from the more-often-used route of the PCT, turn right onto a poor path. Follow the poor path southeast for 0.2 mile to the summit. The last 300 feet of this path are very vague, and the path requires a little scrambling.
Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country

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Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Climb to the summit of Old Snowy Mountain from the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and take in the view covering most of Goat Rocks Wilderness and the southern Washington Cascades. The 7,930-foot-high summit of Old Snowy Mountain, the third highest in Goat Rocks, offers a 360-degree panorama of the southern Washington Cascade Range.

The climb to the summit of Old Snowy Mountain begins on a section of the PCT that was constructed to bypass the crossing of Packwood Glacier. Turn east at the junction and climb along the right side of the ridgeline. After gaining about 300 feet of elevation the trail makes the first of eight switchbacks, taking it to its highest point (7,650 feet). At this point, 0.6 mile from the more-often-used route of the PCT, turn right onto a poor path. Follow the poor path southeast for 0.2 mile to the summit. The last 300 feet of this path are very vague, and the path requires a little scrambling.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Morton
Distance: 14.2
Elevation Gain: 730 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Late July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,930 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Goat Rocks Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Old Snowy Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Snowy Mountain Climb

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2006
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I really enjoyed this hike. We had backpacked from the Snowgrass TH and camped just off the PCT. We then dayhiked about 4.5 miles up and back. The contrast of the meadows and rock, rock and snow was great. The weather was awesome. Down lower the mosquitoes and flies were a pain but elsewhere things were good. Great views of Rainier, Adams, Goat Rocks, Valleys, etc. Goat Lake is definitely worth the trip if you have the time. Lots of water is available along the Snowgrass Trail. Not much along the Goat Ridge Trail. Going up to Hawkeye Point was also good. Great views of St. Helens from there as well as the other mountains. Also saw some mountain goats up there as well as above Goat Lake. Elk were seen in the valley below.



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