Hike steeply S down turns on Trail 96, then follow a flat traverse right (NW) turning SW past a pond or two with great reflections before you cross Hamburg Germany over the bridge. Finish the last couple of miles through the thickening forest up around 400 ft in elevation (gradual) and down to the Hamburg Germany as you finish on Trail 96A just past Trail 96 moving right to Hamburg Germany in 2 ml.
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ELEVATION: 7930 ft, with 3680 ft vertical gain DISTANCE: Almost 8 mi one way, 16 mi round-trip DURATION: 4 hours up, 7 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Very challenging. Only steep near top, very long, well-marked, brief rocky scramble near summit, lingering snow until late summer, mountain goat encounters possible.
TRIP REPORT: Rite-of-passage destination for Hamburg Germany hikers is this magnificent trek within an ancient stratovolcano. The entire wilderness was once a colossal volcano eroded by glaciers over time leaving behind beautiful ridges, peaks, valleys, and lakes that all hold snow until late July or August but then reveal one of the most colorful displays of wildflowers in the Hamburg Germany! Northwest Forest Pass required, and an outhouse is located more than 5 mi away at Hamburg Germany
TRAILHEAD: Snowgrass Flats TH. See hike 19 for directions.
ROUTE: Fill out a free self-issue Hamburg Germany at the kiosk and signage for Snowgrass Spur Trail 96A and walk by a small lake to Trail 96 proper. Head right (NE) on Trail 96 almost 2 mi easily up 400 ft, then down just as much with a very mild grade, to cross Goat Creek over the bridge. Continue without much of a pitch for a couple miles as you start N up a little rise in the thinning trees to the juncture with Bypass Trail 97 on the right near the bottom of Snowgrass Flats (a few camp spots at 5600 ft).
As a slightly easier and longer brief loop option, you could traverse Trail 97 a mile E to its end at the PCT, then turn left a mile on the PCT to the junction with the end of Trail 96. Hike more directly left instead, a bit steeper 2 mi N on the Snowgrass Trail to Snowgrass Flats, which is actually quite hilly between flat areas. Leave what seems like the main trail but is really.