"The gardens beneath the Goat Rocks—which are the core of an ancient volcano— rival any on Earth. This popular loop hike passes through miles of these magical gardens. Vibrant lupines and Indian paintbrush hug the sides of icy streams, and dark mountains with patchy snow hang overhead. Warning: There will be crowds." Read more
"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." Read more
"The gardens beneath the Goat Rocks—which are the core of an ancient volcano— rival any other on Earth. This popular hike passes through miles of these magical gardens. Vibrant lupines and Indian paintbrush hug the sides of icy streams, and dark mountains with patchy snow hang overhead. Warning: There will be crowds. Make sure your dog is leashed and under close control." Read more
"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." Read more
"Snowgrass Flat is a spectacular 10+-acre subalpine wildflower meadow located near the headwaters of Snowgrass Creek. Its reputation for beauty has made this area one of the heaviest used in Goat Rocks, so expect company, even on weekdays.
Aside from seeing wildlife of the human variety, the wildflower show that Mother Nature displays in the summer is arguably one of the best in the state. A colorful loop near the crest allows hikers to see all sides of the exquisite displays. The wildflower season depends on snowpack and weather but often peaks by early to mid-August." Read more
"The sloping, flower-covered meadows of Snowgrass Flat are one of the most popular hiking destinations in Washington, and with good reason, because this is without question one of the premier hikes in the Pacific Northwest. The scenery is outstanding, with plenty of views of rugged mountains both near and far, a stunning glacial lake, thousands of acres of wildflowers, numerous scenic campsites, and gorgeous alpine ridges. If you like mountain scenery, then this country is beyond compare. It is highly recommended, however, that you time your visit for a weekday to make the crowd situation more tolerable." Read more
"Journey to Snowgrass Flats, below the rugged crest of Goat Rocks, and take in one of the best flower displays to be found. Take along a camera and plenty of film for pictures of the flowers at Snowgrass Flats." Read more