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Backcountry Response Team

Thu Aug 10, 2023 8:30 AM — Sun Aug 13, 2023 3:30 PM

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South Cascades — Goat Rocks

Features: Logout, Earn Northwest Forest Pass

Crew Leader: James Alexander

Views of the Goat Rocks Wilderness are unparallelled. Photo by almondsonleash.


WTA has never worked this trail, but when we see a need to remove fallen trees from a trail, we follow the need! This is a land-manager-requested relocation from a previously-scheduled logout at Angry Mountain

About the Area

If you prefer hikes with multiple options and varying degrees of length and difficulty, the trek to Snowgrass Flat offers all that and more. Situated in the rugged Goat Rocks Wilderness, Snowgrass Flat is a lovely subalpine meadow that attracts wildflower lovers in July and August and backcountry campers throughout the hiking season.

What to Expect

This is an exciting and adventurous work party for the right volunteers. It is a very strenuous trip, please be sure that you and your equipment are up to the task. The campsite is remote and the terrain rugged.

Project Description

The main objective of this trip is to clear the Snowgrass Flat trail of fallen logs. If we have enough time beyond that, we will also focus on treadwork to repair the damage that fallen trees have caused.

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Type: Backcountry camp along Goat Creek.
  • Initial hike to camp location: 1.7 miles with approximately 200 feet of elevation gain.
  • From camp each day's hike to the work will depend on how far we cut in. Expect 1-3 miles of round trip hiking during the work day.


  • First Day: Pack in to the camp location.
  • Work Days: Project work logging out, brushing and restoring tread depending on what trail conditions we discover this season.
  • Final Day: Break down camp, finish any loose ends on the trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a challenging backcountry adventure!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need for the project
  • Backpacking gear and food for multiple nights on the trail
  • Good physical condition to hike with a fully-loaded backpack and be physically active for about 8-9 hours daily on uneven terrain 
  • Backpacking experience including ability to run your own camp following Leave No Trace principles
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

Please wear comfortable and weather-appropriate hiking clothes and your boots for our hike to camp.

Backpacking gear

  • Backpack to carry all of your gear
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Cooking gear and enough food (plus a little extra) for the entire trip
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles and a way to purify your water
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • ​First aid kit
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Trail work gear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended such as safety glasses
  • WTA hard hat (provided, unless you have one)

For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

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From Randle, head east on Highway 12. About three miles before Packwood, take a right on Forest Road 21 and head south. After 13 miles on the bumpy gravel road, take a slight left on Forest Road 2150. In less than three miles, take a right toward the loop parking lot at Snowgrass Trailhead (Trail 96).

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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