A wonderful loop hike in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.
Spectacular scenery includes alpine wildflower meadows, views of Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens, and a visit to often icy Goat Lake and the cascading falls at the lake outlet.
Begin/end at Berry Patch or Snowgrass trailhead, there's a short gravel road between the two trailheads.
It is also often hiked / backpacked as an up and back along one trail or the other.
Trailheads can be very crowded on weekends.
National Forest pass required to park at trailhead.
Backcountry campsites can fill up very quickly.
Best months are July, August and Sept.
Campfires are not allowed within a 1/4 mile radius of Goat Lake basin.
Goat Lake basin is very exposed and can be subjected to fierce winds and rapidly changing weather conditions.
Great hike! We crossed several snow fields but nothing technical. Amazing scenery with wildflowers popping up everywhere. Started on Berry Patch and hiked to Goat Lake then came out two days later on Snowgrass trail. Visited on Aug 10, 2012