Backpacking back into the Goat Rocks Wilderness to set up camp in the Jordan Basin the day after fleeing for a night to dry out in the town of Packwood, WA (go here –https://60before60.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/59-backpacking-goat-rocks-wilderness-berry-patch-to-jordan-basin/ – to read about that), we awoke to sunny skies. Mother earth had managed to absorb a majority of the four to six inches of precipitation that had caused such quick flooding along the streams and trails just days before making it a great day for us to continue hiking along the Goat Ridge Trail ( http://www.nwhiker.com/GPNFHike14.html ) and on to Goat Lake.
The views were spectacular! Here’s the now flat topped Mount Saint Helens from our trail.
And the mighty Mount Adams. Beautiful!
It was hard to believe that we had been rained out just days before as it was such a beautiful day to be out on the trail. Continuing to gain elevation as we worked our way up the rocky trail, we finally reached Goat Lake. Well above the tree line and surrounded with nothing but walls of rock, mounds of ice still floated in the lake
Hoping to see goats while hiking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, to my delight, high up on a grassy ledge above the lake, we observed this herd.
Go here – http://www.everytrail.com/destination/goat-rocks-wilderness – for directions and information about hiking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.