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Wildflower Destinations > Washington Cascades (South)

Goat Rocks

Lewis County, Washington

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Fees: NW Forest Pass

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 4600'-6600'

Current status (as of 7/14/24): early blooms

Notes: This loop is doable as a long day hike, but many people backpack and stay overnight near Snowgrass Flat or Goat Lake. In peak wildflower season, do not expect solitude. Of course, there are other hikes in Goat Rocks Wilderness as well: you can go west toward Lily Basin, or hike up Nannie Ridge to Cispus Pass.

Peak wildflower bloom at Goat Rocks is typically from mid-July through the end of August, but there may be some flowers blooming from early July until mid-September.*

Typical year:

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.