Goat Rocks Cispus Basin

Mayfield Lake, Washington

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One of the most spectacular wild areas in the South Cascades, the Goat Rocks Wilderness encompasses over 100,000 acres of glacierclad craggy peaks draped with alpine lawns dazzling with wildfl owers, punctuated with sparkling tarns, and cut by cool cascading creeks. The remnants of a large ancient volcano, the Goat Rocks explode with stunning alpine splendor, luring legions of admirers from near and far. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was among them—he immortalized the Goat Rocks in his writings. Cispus Basin is one of the area’s most enchanting places. And yes, there are plenty of goats here too!
 Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes

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Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

One of the most spectacular wild areas in the South Cascades, the Goat Rocks Wilderness encompasses over 100,000 acres of glacierclad craggy peaks draped with alpine lawns dazzling with wildfl owers, punctuated with sparkling tarns, and cut by cool cascading creeks. The remnants of a large ancient volcano, the Goat Rocks explode with stunning alpine splendor, luring legions of admirers from near and far. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was among them—he immortalized the Goat Rocks in his writings. Cispus Basin is one of the area’s most enchanting places. And yes, there are plenty of goats here too!

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mayfield Lake
Distance: 14.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: mid-Jul–Oct
Local Maps: Green Trails Blue Lake No. 334
Driving Directions: Directions to Goat Rocks: Cispus Basin

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