Goat Rocks Wilderness Horseback Riding
The 16th most popular equestrian trail in Washington.
Friday 22 July 2016 04:24 GMT
Southeast of Seattle and Mt Rainier near Packwood, the Goat Rocks Wilderness is a 105,600 acre wonderland. The Goat Rocks Wilderness is a portion of the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range in southwestern Washington between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. The Goat Rocks are remnants of a large volcano, extinct for some two million years. This ancient volcano once towered over the landscape at more than 12,000 feet in elevation, but has since eroded into several peaks averaging around 8,000 feet. The cluster of rocks and peaks have become known as Goat Rocks because of the bands of mountain goats that live here.
Goat Rocks Wilderness features mountainous terrain with elevations from 3,000 feet to 8,201 feet on Gilbert Peak. Much of it lies above timberline, providing out-standing alpine scenery. Many high-elevation horseback trails remain impassable, due to snow, until July and snow can return as early as September.
Overall, Goat Rocks Wilderness is the 16th most popular horse trail of all 32 horseback rides in Washington. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Goat Rocks Wilderness including Blue Lake Ridge Trail, Valley Trail, Buck Creek, Cold Springs Trail / Gotchen Creek Trail, Monte Carlo / Monte Cristo Loop Trail and Siouxon Trail.