Hike 83
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Old Snowy Mountain Hike
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Map of the Old Snowy Mountain Hike

Length: 14.2 Mile Round Trip
Elevation Change: 3630' Cumulative Elevation gain
Season: Mid-Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Difficult
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required

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This is one of the most popular hikes in the Goat Rocks and after you've completed this journey, you will know why.

This hike begins at the same trail head as the Snowgrass Flats hike and follows the same trail to Snowgrass Flats. Then you follow the cut-off trail that takes you to the Pacific Crest Trail above Snowgrass Flats.

Upon reaching the PCT, you follow it north until you reach the pass on the northwest flank of Old Snowy itself. From there you follow a users trail to the top.

You are likely to encounter alot of other ambitous hikers, but this should not destract from the awesome beauty around you. If you can hike this in mid July to early August you will be treated to incredible floral displays with a few not so friendly insects who attempt to distract you for the beauty of your surroundings.

Old Snowy rises above a wildflower meadow in the Goat Rocks Wilderness
Old Snowy rises above a wildflower meadow
How to get there:

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From I-5 junction with US Hwy 12
Travel east on US Hwy 12 for about 48 miles to Randle. From Randle travel east on US Hwy 12 for about 13.3 miles to the junction with Forest Road 21. Turn right (south) onto FR21 and follow it uphill for about 5 miles. At this point you will see Forest Road 2110 on your left, which is the road to the Glacier Lake trailhead, but you continue straight ahead on FR21. In another 8.1 miles you will come to the junction of Forest Road 2150. Bear left onto FR2150 and follow it about 3 miles and you will pass the junction on your left which leads to the Chamber Lake campground. Continue ahead just a short distance, and you will come to a spur road on your right. This is the entrance to what is referred to as the Snowgrass Flats trailhead. This hike and many more begin here.

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