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Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike

Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, Washington

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  • Trailhead from Walupt Lake.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • View of Walupt Lake from the trail.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Mountain gooseberry (ribes montigenum)- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Walupt Lake Trail 101.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Hiking along trail with extensive bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax).- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • One of the three lakes at Short Trail Camp near the Pacific Crest Trail.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Of the three lakes at Short Trail Camp.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Black huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum).- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Subalpine mariposa lily (Calochortus subalpinus).- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • View from the PCT looking west toward Short Trail Camp and Walupt Lake.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Wildflowers along the PCT.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • View looking south along the PCT.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Lake at Short Trail Camp.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Panoramic view looking west from the PCT. Lakeview Mountain (6,660') is at left.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • View west looking at Walupt Lake.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Mount Adams (12,280').- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Yellow glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum).- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Sheep Lake.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • View of Goat Rocks from just above Sheep Lake.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Eastern cliff face of Nannie Peak (6,106').- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Spur trail leading up to Nannie Peak's summit (6,106').- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • View of Lakeview Mountain (6,660') and Mount Adams (12,280') from Nannie Peak.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Mount St. Helens (8,366') from Nannie Peak.- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
  • Goat Rocks with its highest point, Gilbert Peak (8,184').- Nannie Peak/PCT Loop Hike
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Vistas of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Goat Rocks and Mount St. Helens. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Snowpack on the trail through July.
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Region:
Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,180.00 ft (664.46 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
13.10 mi (21.08 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,930.00 ft (1,197.86 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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One of the best ways to get a full view of the Walupt Lake drainage in the Goat Rocks Wilderness is to embark on the loop trail that starts from the lake and takes you to Nannie Peak and around via the Pacific Crest Trail. Views of Mount Adams are a regular companion on this hike once you've reached the ridge. At points along the trail, Goat Rocks, Mount Rainier, and even Mount St. Helens come into view. Along the way the hike leads through old coniferous alpine forests, juts into crystal-clear alpine lakes, and has a variety of spring and summer blooming wildflowers.

For those hikers wishing to finish their elevation gain quickly, start the loop by taking the trail from Walupt Lake Campground that heads up to Nannie Peak. The switchbacks leading through the forest will take you 2.5 miles to the exposed southeastern face that then leads away from the lake and toward Goat Rocks. From the exposed face, take the short spur hike to the top of Nannie Peak. It's from here that Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens can be seen.

Continuing along the loop, the trail takes you under the southern-most approach to Goat Rocks. It meets up with the PCT in a few miles and runs along the side of a ridge with alpine lakes below and a perpetual view of Mount Adams nearby to the south. Leaving the PCT, the return trail to Walupt Lake leads into a more verdant conifer forest with ample runoff from glacial streams and bear grass constantly lining the trail. For those who wish to have a more gradual but longer climb to the hike, start by going in the opposite direction via the lake trail to the PCT and returning down the Nannie Peak trail back to Walupt Lake. If you want to break this hike into multiple days, there are numerous backcountry camping spots, most with freshwater access, along the trail.

Note: Significant snowpack in July required some wayfinding. Come prepared with a map and compass if planning to complete this loop before snows fully melt in August.

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