Goat Rocks; 5 Days/4 Nights

$1895+tax/adult, $1706+tax/under 18, Wilderness, minimalist. VERY STRENUOUS!

  • August 8 – 12, 2022
  • August 22 – 26, 2022 (2 spots still available)

Good quality, light weight sleeping bag available $22/trip.

This trail is open to hikers and horses, but closed to all motorized and wheeled traffic. It is within the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. Parts of this trail are very popular around Cispus Pass, Old Snowy, and Snowgrass Flat. Please note that this is a LNT trip; no fires, dried meals with fresh food additions, minimal impact. Trip includes transport from White Pass to Midway trailhead.

Day one starts at White Pass and follows the PCT #2000 trail south. We gain 1950 ft elevation over approximately 5 miles. Day 2 starts with 1600 ft loss and then 1500 ft gain over 10 miles. Day 3 features the famous knife edge section, with 950 ft elevation gain and 1000 ft loss over 5 miles. Most of the trail on this day is rough trail that includes crossing steep snowfields and steep drops on either side of the trail. This requires a high degree of experience, confidence and fitness (hikers, guide and llamas), but allows plenty of time for photos and viewing. Day four is a long hike with modest elevation gains and losses over 15 miles. Day 5 is 7 miles with modest elevation gains and losses to the waiting truck and trailer and the return drive to White Pass.

This trip is designed for long-distance backpackers who have hiked sections of the PCT, and would like to experience this extraordinary segment of trail. LNT care and ambassadorship are expected on the trail. Two hours of pre-approved trail maintenance, cleanup (or other wilderness maintenance) are required per person, as a condition of the permit. Monday through Friday only. Campsites are pre-selected with the approval of the USFS, and one guide will need to scout ahead with a two-way radio to avoid conflict with horses on the knife edge. A string of 6 fit, athletic llamas will carry all the gear, food & coffee. Shuttle transportation will be arranged, and two guides will lead the way! 25 lb gear/client max, including the tent and sleeping pads (5 lb, approx) that we provide.

Logistics

The group will meet at the Pacific Crest Trailhead  at White Pass North.  This is about 1/2 mile east of the Kracker Barrel Store by Leech Lake launch on the north side of US Highway 12.  A Northwest Forest Pass is required.  Meeting time is 10 am to get gear loaded and start the hike.  The hike will finish near the Midway trailhead, where a truck and trailer will be spotted to return the group to White Pass.

Specific Hazards

  • Steep snowfields to cross
  • Cliffs, steep areas directly adjacent trail
  • Long distances covered daily, up to 15 miles

Menu

Dinners will be dried and re-hydrated, with the addition of some fresh vegetables and fruits. Pescatarian, vegetarian, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free are easily accommodated on this trek.

All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.

Lunches will be a selection of wraps,  nut butters, mixed nuts and dried fruit.  Snacks will be a selection of commercial bars by Kind, Larabar or other.

Breakfasts will include hot coffee, tea, and a selection of oatmeal, granola with bagels as available.

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