Snowgrass Flat Trail

Packwood, Washington

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The trail climbs through some of the most spectacular wildflower meadows in the state, and presents some of the most wonderful views a hiker could imagine. Volcanoes loom on all sides: Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and on clear days, even Mount Hood can be seen far to the south. But it’s not just the big snow-capped cones that are seen. Lesser volcanoes— perfectly formed cinder cones—can be seen scattered throughout the southern Cascades, in addition to the ancient volcanic peaks of the Goat Rocks. Actually, the peaks along the Goat Rocks Crest are the last remaining bits of an ancient volcano that formed and collapsed long before the current peaks poked up.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The trail climbs through some of the most spectacular wildflower meadows in the state, and presents some of the most wonderful views a hiker could imagine. Volcanoes loom on all sides: Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and on clear days, even Mount Hood can be seen far to the south. But it’s not just the big snow-capped cones that are seen.

Lesser volcanoes— perfectly formed cinder cones—can be seen scattered throughout the southern Cascades, in addition to the ancient volcanic peaks of the Goat Rocks. Actually, the peaks along the Goat Rocks Crest are the last remaining bits of an ancient volcano that formed and collapsed long before the current peaks poked up.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USFS Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 302 Packwood, No. 303 White Pass, No. 304 Blue Lake, No. 335 Walupt Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Snowgrass Flat Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/23/2009
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Great trail. A little challenging for my 8 year old and his loaded backpack but worth the effort. It's a trail that pays its highest dividends at the top with great views. We turned off at bypass trail 97 then left up the PCT and then back down the main Snowgrass trail (96). We found a great campsite about .5 miles up the PCT with a spectacular view of Mt. Adams. It was a short hike to water but the view from the site made it worth while. The panoramic views were great but the wild flowers had just passed their peak. All-in-all a great hike. We'll be back and explore more of the side trails probably camping at least two nights.



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