I had heard from many of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru hikers that the Goat Rocks Wilderness section was their favorite, and after seeing photos of Old Snowy and the Knife’s Edge, I put this trip on my bucket list and one year later made it a reality. From Mt Adams to Mt Rainier, I was not disappointed – it was spectacular!
(1) For planning, I used the book, “Hiking Washington’s Goat Rocks Country” by Fred Barstad, Hike #14, in conjunction with National Geographic’s Map, “Goat Rocks, Norse Peak, & William O Douglas Wilderness Areas.”
(2) For trail use, I used Halfmile’s paper maps and app as well as the Guthook app. Reference my PCT Love page for links and details.
(3) I stayed at the White Pass Village Inn, the night before I began my hike as well as when I ended (some rooms have tubs, hot tubs, microwaves and ovens). Warning: the staff is not very friendly, but rooms were sufficiently clean and comfortable. Other lodging is available nearby in Packwood.
(4) The staff at the Kracker Barrel store at White Pass (Naches) are extraordinarily hiker friendly. They have a small deli and a gas station. They allow hikers to park their cars at the store.
(5) There is no public transportation to make this an easy one-way trip, but there are options for those willing to spend some time inquiring about personal transport for hire.