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Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:25:06 AM »
My daughter, her friend, and I hiked into the Goat Rocks Wilderness on 8-4-17 to 8-6-17. We started at 4:00am Friday morning to beat the heat. Our goal for this day was to get to Heart Lake by 10:00am so we could get some pictures of the flowers and the goats in the area. With the smoke in the area we had a hard time getting any pictures of the goats but we did get some pictures of the flowers and in some areas the smells from the flowers were fantastic.

The second morning, we wanted to summit Johnson Peak but when we got halfway up the smoke was very bad and blocked all views and we could not even glass to Hawkeye Point so we decided to go back down and try again on a clear day.

The area still looked great even with the smoke and the heat. We noticed that the goats did not like the heat and after daylight, they would go to there dusting bowls. We also noticed that the biting flies were very much at home flying into our eyes and mouth when we did not want then to.

Overall we had a great time and will be back soon. This is a very beautiful place and we are excited to get the chance to visit.

Also we would like to thank the person or people who cleared the Lilly Basin Trail. They took down at least a half dozen dead falls over the trail and also cleared the brush and re worked the trail to the Heart Lake.

Here is the first set of pictures of our hike.

The flowers were great and the smells were good in the areas that held water. This area even with the heat was still awesome. The birds were working the flowers hard and the scenery was great.

 


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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 02:28:37 AM »
This is the second set of pictures.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 02:38:25 AM »
Some other pictures
« Last Edit: August 18, 2017, 02:18:44 AM by branches »

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 03:17:03 AM »
Some flower pictures.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 04:56:57 AM »
Wow, great pictures!

Thanks for sharing with us your trip. I like these kinds of threads.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 04:57:31 AM »
Great pics thanks for sharing
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2017, 05:05:46 AM »
 :tup:
Good trip and story!
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2017, 06:14:05 AM »
Dang Smoke anyway.   The beauty still surpasses it though.  Thanks for sharing the pics.  It looks like you guys had a great trip

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2017, 06:47:54 AM »
Looks like an awesome trip regardless! My wife and I keep joking about the best part of the summer and we're socked in with this smoke!  :chuckle:

great pics!  :tup:
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2017, 07:02:22 AM »
Great pics! Thanks for sharing
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2017, 08:18:50 AM »
Nice. I'd like to do that with my daughter

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2017, 01:30:11 AM »
Thank you for the replies. I am having a hard time posting pictures????? The area around the lake still holds lots of goats but the elk and deer numbers have dropped off to almost nothing compared to the very first time I came to this place in 1995  :( .This place is the only basin where I got to see Goats, Deer,Elk, Bear, Cougar, All in one day. Today the goats are a given and if we see anything else it is just a bonus :) The goats seem to do very well in this spot even with the cougars around. The Flowers, Mountains, and Birds, now make this hike a must see for anybody.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2017, 05:36:29 AM »
Very nice pictures, thanks for posting. Heading out for 3 days of bush wacking myself to survey some lakes.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2017, 05:41:30 AM »
Awesome photos.  Thanks for sharing.  I love that area and have fond memories.  My brother shot his first deer there, way back when.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2017, 09:46:20 AM »
Really good pics!

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Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2017, 03:32:44 PM »
Awesome pics. Sounds like we were down there about the same time. I did the walupt lake to cispus basin to snowgrass to klickitat loop back to walupt a couple weeks ago. I'm headed to that area in a couple weeks to do some looking around. My plan is to reduce the goat population by 1 Billy come October. Thanks a bunch for sharing.
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2017, 01:41:07 AM »
If anybody needs any info on this area for a hunt they cam PM me. The weather might be an issue come October. The last two years we have been to the lake we have had to pack out somebody's tents and tarps that they have left behind from the previous hunting season.  >:(

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2017, 05:21:44 AM »
not to thread jack, jackelope hope you are flexible on your time up there in October. I have spent a lot of time up there that time of year and it can be fogged in for a week at a time. there coats are better the later you go but I would be going the first part of October just to be safe.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2017, 06:45:19 AM »
Just curious Branches, did you go in on the Lilly Basin trail?
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2017, 11:56:50 AM »
not to thread jack, jackelope hope you are flexible on your time up there in October. I have spent a lot of time up there that time of year and it can be fogged in for a week at a time. there coats are better the later you go but I would be going the first part of October just to be safe.

Thank you. The plan is the first part of October. Maybe a weekend trip late in September.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2017, 06:53:51 PM »
How were the bugs and mosquitoes?

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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2017, 08:03:06 PM »
Where I was at, the biting flies were pretty prevalent. Not much in the way of mosquitoes. I used a bunch of the sawyer bug spray and it worked well. I didn't spend a lot of time complaining about them.
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2017, 12:18:53 AM »
not to thread jack, jackelope hope you are flexible on your time up there in October. I have spent a lot of time up there that time of year and it can be fogged in for a week at a time. there coats are better the later you go but I would be going the first part of October just to be safe.

Thank you. The plan is the first part of October. Maybe a weekend trip late in September.



Yes the clouds can be very bad at the end of September and yes they can stay that way for over a week before clearing up. If you can see 75 yards that is good. Also the snow could make it hard for getting around. I think the two tents we packed out were damaged from snowfall because the tent poles were busted up. The owners must have wanted to get out before the conditions got too dangerous for the hike out

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2017, 12:28:07 AM »
Just curious Branches, did you go in on the Lilly Basin trail?

Yes we hiked in on the Lilly Basin trail. It was in better shape this year because somebody cut out all of the blowdowns and some of the brush along the trial. I would like to add that there is what I think a dangerous spot on the trail in the basin at Glacier Creek. The steep rock face is getting harder to climb on. I guess somebody with mountaineering or climbing experience would think it is nothing but we have had our hands full each time we have to get around it.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2017, 09:14:56 AM »
Just curious Branches, did you go in on the Lilly Basin trail?

Yes we hiked in on the Lilly Basin trail. It was in better shape this year because somebody cut out all of the blowdowns and some of the brush along the trial. I would like to add that there is what I think a dangerous spot on the trail in the basin at Glacier Creek. The steep rock face is getting harder to climb on. I guess somebody with mountaineering or climbing experience would think it is nothing but we have had our hands full each time we have to get around it.

I work with a Backcountry Horsemen trail crew that clears the Lilly Basin trail every year. One of our other crews (or maybe even FS crew) cleared it this year. The large pile of jumbled logs high on the ridge was cut by our crew several years ago.
We have been talking with the FS about the Glacier Creek crossing. Last year, we did a full report of the conditions and the FS got funding for a blasting project to cut a shelf on the rock face for a trail. They have it on their books to be done this year but they are running out of time.
Good to hear about someone enjoying the trail. Thanks for the pictures.
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2017, 10:44:55 PM »
Just curious Branches, did you go in on the Lilly Basin trail?

Yes we hiked in on the Lilly Basin trail. It was in better shape this year because somebody cut out all of the blowdowns and some of the brush along the trial. I would like to add that there is what I think a dangerous spot on the trail in the basin at Glacier Creek. The steep rock face is getting harder to climb on. I guess somebody with mountaineering or climbing experience would think it is nothing but we have had our hands full each time we have to get around it.

I work with a Backcountry Horsemen trail crew that clears the Lilly Basin trail every year. One of our other crews (or maybe even FS crew) cleared it this year. The large pile of jumbled logs high on the ridge was cut by our crew several years ago.
We have been talking with the FS about the Glacier Creek crossing. Last year, we did a full report of the conditions and the FS got funding for a blasting project to cut a shelf on the rock face for a trail. They have it on their books to be done this year but they are running out of time.
Good to hear about someone enjoying the trail. Thanks for the pictures.

This is good news about the trail. We usually stop for a break at that log pile on the ridge or at the camp just about 10 minutes up from there. Will the blasting of the rock shelf be wide enough for stock to get by? I bet it has been many years since a horse or mule has made it to the lake. The first time I took my kids to the lake I told them I had rode up by mule and they said NO WAY because of that spot on Glacier Creek. I will have to see if I have any old pictures of the creek. I have not taken any pictures of that spot the last two years because we were roping the big packs up or down the small cliff.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2017, 11:24:41 PM »
Here are some pictures of that area from about 5 years ago.
This is the log pile we usually take a break at.
The other picture are of the creek that has washed away the trail. The area to the right of the creek is basically now a vertical cliff. All of the rock and dirt are gone from the creek up the hill about 25 yards. You can still get up the rock face and some people can still navigate the trail with a light pack but if you have a big pack you might want to rope your pack up or down the rock face. You can always bushwack up the creek a couple of hundred yards and find away across and come back to the trail.

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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2017, 02:15:09 PM »
There's been considerable washout of that Glacier Creek crossing in the last few years. I remember back when it looked like your pictures and you could usually cross it on snow until late July. It's quite a cavern now with steep walls on both sides.
Here's a picture from a couple weeks ago.
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Re: Goat Rocks Heart Lake Hike
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2017, 10:11:29 PM »
That is a good view of that spot thank you for the picture. For us it is kind of hard to climb up but we make it. The climb down is what everybody does not like so we just send the packs down first. I would be hard for me to have to pack somebody up that hill if they got hurt. Even with that washout this place is still awesome and we enjoy all it has to offer.

 

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