The first mile+ of the Goat Ridge trail was lined with huckleberry bushes (the berries were still green).
Soon the trail passed through meadows in the forest that were filled with wildflowers in bloom.
and Mt Rainier to the north.
all of them filled with wildflowers!
As the trail opened up with views of Jordan Basin, we could see Mt St Helens to the south for miles of trail.
So many meadows to enjoy.
After 3 miles, the trail begins to climb more steeply.
A creek lined with wildflowers as we head up towards the saddle.
The hillside below the saddle on Goat Ridge was filled with wildflowers,
The trail reaches the saddle on Goat Ridge at 4.7 miles from the trailhead and joins the Lily Basin Trail. Straight ahead leads to Goat Lake, and to the north (left) and eventually the Lily Basin Trailhead.
We started up the Lily Basin Trail to the north for 0.4 mile.
Gorgeous views of Old Snowy Mountain.
Pano from this section of the trail: Mt Adams and Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Angry Mountain, Mt Rainier.
View of Mt Rainier and Johnson Peak.
Final approach to Hawkeye Point (1 mile from the saddle with 831 ft of gain).
and to the north Mt Rainier and Johnson Peak.
The trail was steep and dry with loose dirt and rock for most of this trail down form Hawkeye Point, we took our time coming down, continuing to enjoy the views and flowers.
This is another gorgeous part of the loop hike: waterfalls,
open meadows with views of Mt Adams,
Snowgrass Flat area was mostly forested with some meadows, there is a 0.7 mile section of the trail going through this area, with a trail at either end leading up to the PCT.
From Snowgrass Flats, the trail descends through the forest for 3.7 miles. After the trail crosses Goat Creek it climbs slightly on the way back to the Snowgrass Flat Trailhead.
About 0.1 mile before the Snowgrass Flat Trailhead, there is a horse path that leads back to the Berry Patch Trailhead. We went this way to avoid walking down the forest road.
and a meadow before joining with the Goat Ridge Trail.
Some of the many wildflowers we saw in bloom along the trail today: