Description - A 105,600-acre alpine wonderland, the Goat Rocks Wilderness is a portion of the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range in southwestern Washington between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. The Goat Rocks are remnants of a large volcano, extinct for some two million years. This ancient volcano once towered over the landscape at more than 12,000 feet in elevation, but has since eroded into several peaks averaging around 8,000 feet. The cluster of rocks and peaks have become known as Goat Rocks because of the bands of mountain goats that live here.
Goat Rocks Wilderness features mountainous terrain with elevations from 3,000 feet to 8,201 feet on Gilbert Peak. Much of it lies above timberline, providing outstanding alpine scenery. Many high-elevation trails remain impassable, due to snow, until July and snow can return as early as September.
- As part of the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range, Goat Rocks Wilderness features mountainous terrain with elevations from 3,000 feet to 8,201 feet on Gilbert Peak. The Goat Rocks are remnants of a large volcano, extinct for some two million years. In addition to numerous trails, including a section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000, the wilderness also offers the Walupt Lake Horse Camp and the Walupt Lake Campground.
Recreation - Activities include hiking, camping, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, and motorcycle riding.
Climate - Climate on the Gifford Pinchot changes drastically with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Deep winter snowpacks accumulate in the high elevations.
Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.
Goat Rocks Wilderness is located in southwestern Washington between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. Forest Routes that access the wilderness include 106, 2140, 2150, 017, 2160, 1207, 776, and 1040.