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Goat Rocks Wilderness is a rugged 105,600 acre alpine gem located in a volcanic area of the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. The Goat Rocks are remnants of a large extinct volcano. The cluster of rocks and peaks have become known as Goat Rocks because mountain goats live there. Goat Rocks Wilderness elevations range from 3,000 feet to 8,201 feet on Gilbert Peak. Much of it lies above timberline, providing magnificent alpine scenery. Wildflowers paint the landscape yellow, white, pink, red and blue. The shrill whistle marmots often shatter the silence. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST), stretching from Canada to Mexico, passes through the Goat Rocks.

The wilderness values of this area have been recognized since February 13, 1931, when approximately 44,500 acres were officially dedicated by the Forest Service, as the Goat Rocks Primitive Area. In 1935, this was expanded to 72,440 acres. In 1940, the area was increased to 82,680 acres and designated the Goat Rocks Wild Area. When Congress passed the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, this Wild Area became a Wilderness.

These photos and photos in several galleries (those with exif data)were taken with the Canon S2 Powershot, were not edited and were uploaded full size. I have found that the quality of images posted at full size then compressed here a Pbase are not sharp. Also photos processed with the sofware that came with the camera are not sharp here at PBase. When I reduce size in a photo editor other than the Canon software before uploading to PBase the photos are sharp. Maybe I will take the several hours needed to edit photos in this gallery and several others and replace them when I have time. Several photos here without exif data have been edited.
IMG_0274Gilbert Peak.JPG
IMG_0274Gilbert Peak.JPG
IMG_0275Yellow pine chipmunk.JPG
IMG_0275Yellow pine chipmunk.JPG
IMG_0279Surprise Lake Gilbert Peak.JPG
IMG_0279Surprise Lake Gilbert Peak.JPG
IMG_0281Yakima Nation Sign.JPG
IMG_0281Yakima Nation Sign.JPG
IMG_0283Surprise Lake.JPG
IMG_0283Surprise Lake.JPG
IMG_0288 Purplish fritillary, Boloria montinus,  or Boloria chariclea montinus
IMG_0288 Purplish fritillary, Boloria montinus, or Boloria chariclea montinus
IMG_0292Purplish fritillary, Boloria montinus
IMG_0292Purplish fritillary, Boloria montinus
IMG_0293Boloria montinus Purplish Fritillary.JPG
IMG_0293Boloria montinus Purplish Fritillary.JPG
IMG_0304Bistort Polygonum bistortoides.JPG
IMG_0304Bistort Polygonum bistortoides.JPG
IMG_0305Bistort Polygonum bistortoides .JPG
IMG_0305Bistort Polygonum bistortoides .JPG
Img_0307.jpgHeadater stream contributes to South Fork Tieton River
Img_0307.jpgHeadater stream contributes to South Fork Tieton River
IMG_0308Water eroded sand.JPG
IMG_0308Water eroded sand.JPG
IMG_0310Creek_1.JPG
IMG_0310Creek_1.JPG
IMG_0313Evening sky.JPG
IMG_0313Evening sky.JPG
IMG_0314_1Design in snow.jpg
IMG_0314_1Design in snow.jpg
IMG_0316mountain arnica Arnica latifolia.JPG
IMG_0316mountain arnica Arnica latifolia.JPG
IMG_0318Evening reflection.JPG
IMG_0318Evening reflection.JPG
IMG_0319Alpine lake reflection.JPG
IMG_0319Alpine lake reflection.JPG
IMG_0320Lake reflection.JPG
IMG_0320Lake reflection.JPG
IMG_0321Lake reflection.JPG
IMG_0321Lake reflection.JPG
IMG_0323 Goat Rocks Wilderness.JPG
IMG_0323 Goat Rocks Wilderness.JPG
IMG_0324Goat Rocks landscape.JPG
IMG_0324Goat Rocks landscape.JPG
IMG_0325Goat Rocks landscape .JPG
IMG_0325Goat Rocks landscape .JPG
IMG_0326Goat Rocks meadow.JPG
IMG_0326Goat Rocks meadow.JPG
IMG_0327Goat Rocks landscape.JPG
IMG_0327Goat Rocks landscape.JPG
IMG_0328double falls.JPG
IMG_0328double falls.JPG
IMG_0330Cascading creek.JPG
IMG_0330Cascading creek.JPG
IMG_0331Cascade.JPG
IMG_0331Cascade.JPG
IMG_0332falls.JPG
IMG_0332falls.JPG
IMG_0334Cascading water.JPG
IMG_0334Cascading water.JPG
IMG_0337Meadow and Mead Glacier.JPG
IMG_0337Meadow and Mead Glacier.JPG
IMG_0339Burrows created by pocket gophers.JPG
IMG_0339Burrows created by pocket gophers.JPG
IMG_0340Creek and meadow.JPG
IMG_0340Creek and meadow.JPG
IMG_0342moss lined creek.JPG
IMG_0342moss lined creek.JPG
IMG_0343waterfall and creek.JPG
IMG_0343waterfall and creek.JPG
IMG_0344Conrad Creek double falls.JPG
IMG_0344Conrad Creek double falls.JPG
IMG_0347Young water ouzel.JPG
IMG_0347Young water ouzel.JPG
IMG_0351 Alpine collomia, collomia debilis .JPG
IMG_0351 Alpine collomia, collomia debilis .JPG
IMG_0354 Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0354 Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0356Arnica sp.JPG
IMG_0356Arnica sp.JPG
IMG_0357Conrad Creek snow bridge.JPG
IMG_0357Conrad Creek snow bridge.JPG
IMG_0358Conrad Creek snowbridge and waterfalls.JPG
IMG_0358Conrad Creek snowbridge and waterfalls.JPG
IMG_0359Snowbridge.JPG
IMG_0359Snowbridge.JPG
IMG_0360Cottongrass, Eriophorum sp. in marsh.JPG
IMG_0360Cottongrass, Eriophorum sp. in marsh.JPG
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Img_0362.jpg
IMG_0363Silverleaf phacelia, Phacelia hastata .JPG
IMG_0363Silverleaf phacelia, Phacelia hastata .JPG
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IMG_0371Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0371Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0372Pussypaws, Calyptridium umbellatum.JPG
IMG_0372Pussypaws, Calyptridium umbellatum.JPG
IMG_0373Mossy seep.JPG
IMG_0373Mossy seep.JPG
IMG_0374Tolmies saxifrage Saxifrage tolmiei .JPG
IMG_0374Tolmies saxifrage Saxifrage tolmiei .JPG
IMG_0376 glacial lake below Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0376 glacial lake below Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0378Lake below Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0378Lake below Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0380Seep monkey flower Mimulus guttatus sp.JPG
IMG_0380Seep monkey flower Mimulus guttatus sp.JPG
Img_0381.jpg
Img_0381.jpg
IMG_0383Conrad Glacier,  unnamed lake and Goat Rocks.JPG
IMG_0383Conrad Glacier, unnamed lake and Goat Rocks.JPG
IMG_0384Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0384Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0385Uppermost of two Unnamed Lks.JPG
IMG_0385Uppermost of two Unnamed Lks.JPG
IMG_0386Mountain bog gentian, Gentiana calycosa.JPG
IMG_0386Mountain bog gentian, Gentiana calycosa.JPG
IMG_0388Pond  near Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0388Pond near Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0389Pond near Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0389Pond near Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0390Golden fleabane  Erigeron aureus .JPG
IMG_0390Golden fleabane Erigeron aureus .JPG
IMG_0391Cinuefoil Potentilla sp.JPG
IMG_0391Cinuefoil Potentilla sp.JPG
IMG_0393Cinuefoil Potentilla sp.JPG
IMG_0393Cinuefoil Potentilla sp.JPG
IMG_0394Devils horns.JPG
IMG_0394Devils horns.JPG
IMG_0396Hoary marmot.JPG
IMG_0396Hoary marmot.JPG
IMG_0399A variety of alpine daisy.JPG
IMG_0399A variety of alpine daisy.JPG
IMG_0400Alpine fir trees.JPG
IMG_0400Alpine fir trees.JPG
IMG_0404Silver-boardered fritillary Bolaria selene.JPG
IMG_0404Silver-boardered fritillary Bolaria selene.JPG
IMG_0406Seep monkey flower Mimulus guttatus sp. .JPG
IMG_0406Seep monkey flower Mimulus guttatus sp. .JPG
IMG_0407Willow.JPG
IMG_0407Willow.JPG
IMG_0409Marsh marigold Caltha leptosepala.JPG
IMG_0409Marsh marigold Caltha leptosepala.JPG
silvered pine treeIMG_0401.JPG
silvered pine treeIMG_0401.JPG
IMG_0335Wildflowers Grays lovage lupine arnica.JPG
IMG_0335Wildflowers Grays lovage lupine arnica.JPG
IMG_0336Wildflowers paintbrush asters.JPG
IMG_0336Wildflowers paintbrush asters.JPG
IMG_0345Conrad Cr falls.JPG
IMG_0345Conrad Cr falls.JPG
IMG_0348Conrad Cr falls.JPG
IMG_0348Conrad Cr falls.JPG
IMG_0350Conrad Cr falls.JPG
IMG_0350Conrad Cr falls.JPG
IMG_0355 Woolly sunflower. Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium.JPG
IMG_0355 Woolly sunflower. Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium.JPG
IMG_0410Small-flowered penstemon Penstemon procerus .JPG
IMG_0410Small-flowered penstemon Penstemon procerus .JPG
IMG_0411Bracted Lousewort  Pedicularis bracteosa.JPG
IMG_0411Bracted Lousewort Pedicularis bracteosa.JPG
IMG_0412Elk near Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0412Elk near Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0413Gilbert Peak.JPG
IMG_0413Gilbert Peak.JPG
IMG_0414 Conrad glacier.JPG
IMG_0414 Conrad glacier.JPG
IMG_0416Goat Rocks.JPG
IMG_0416Goat Rocks.JPG
IMG_0418Clouds at sunset.JPG
IMG_0418Clouds at sunset.JPG
IMG_041Gilbert Peak5.JPG
IMG_041Gilbert Peak5.JPG
IMG_0419Gilbert Peak at sunrise.JPG
IMG_0419Gilbert Peak at sunrise.JPG
IMG_0421Goat Rocks at sunrise.JPG
IMG_0421Goat Rocks at sunrise.JPG
IMG_0422Anemone .JPG
IMG_0422Anemone .JPG
IMG_0423Gilbert Peak Conrad Glacier and Lake .JPG
IMG_0423Gilbert Peak Conrad Glacier and Lake .JPG
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Img_0424.jpg
Img_0425.jpg
Img_0425.jpg
Img_0426.jpg
Img_0426.jpg
IMG_0427Ives Peak Ives glacier McCall glacier Old Snowy Mtn.JPG
IMG_0427Ives Peak Ives glacier McCall glacier Old Snowy Mtn.JPG
Mt Rainier from near Tieton Peak
Mt Rainier from near Tieton Peak
IMG_0432Ridge west of Tieton Peak.JPG
IMG_0432Ridge west of Tieton Peak.JPG
IMG_0433Goat Citadel Little Horn Big Horn and Tieton Glacier.JPG
IMG_0433Goat Citadel Little Horn Big Horn and Tieton Glacier.JPG
IMG_0435Tieton glacier .JPG
IMG_0435Tieton glacier .JPG
IMG_0436Unnamed lake at base of Conrad glacier.JPG
IMG_0436Unnamed lake at base of Conrad glacier.JPG
IMG_0438Dwarf hulsea Hulsea nana.JPG
IMG_0438Dwarf hulsea Hulsea nana.JPG
IMG_0439Headwaters Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0439Headwaters Conrad Creek.JPG
IMG_0440Lake at base of Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0440Lake at base of Conrad Glacier.JPG
IMG_0442Conrad glacier.JPG
IMG_0442Conrad glacier.JPG
IMG_0443Alluvial fan below Conrad glacier.JPG
IMG_0443Alluvial fan below Conrad glacier.JPG
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Img_0444.jpg
IMG_0446Yarrow Achillea millifolium.JPG
IMG_0446Yarrow Achillea millifolium.JPG
IMG_0447Pale agoseris Agoseris glauca.JPG
IMG_0447Pale agoseris Agoseris glauca.JPG
IMG_0453Silver-bordered fritillary Boloria selene.JPG
IMG_0453Silver-bordered fritillary Boloria selene.JPG
IMG_0455Silver-bordered fritillary Boloria selene.JPG
IMG_0455Silver-bordered fritillary Boloria selene.JPG
IMG_0459Silver-bordered fritillary Boloria selene.JPG
IMG_0459Silver-bordered fritillary Boloria selene.JPG
IMG_0460Alpine aster Aster alpigenus.JPG
IMG_0460Alpine aster Aster alpigenus.JPG
IMG_0462Ediths checkerspot butterfly  on mountain arnica .JPG
IMG_0462Ediths checkerspot butterfly on mountain arnica .JPG
IMG_0463Ediths checkerspot on mountain arnica.JPG
IMG_0463Ediths checkerspot on mountain arnica.JPG
IMG_0469Mountain arnica .JPG
IMG_0469Mountain arnica .JPG
Img_0470.jpg
Img_0470.jpg
IMG_0471Gilbert Peak .JPG
IMG_0471Gilbert Peak .JPG
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Img_0473.jpg
Img_0473.jpg
IMG_0474Alluvial fan below Conrad Glacier .JPG
IMG_0474Alluvial fan below Conrad Glacier .JPG
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Img_0475.jpg
IMG_0477Pearly everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea .JPG
IMG_0477Pearly everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea .JPG
IMG_0479Elk wallowing .JPG
IMG_0479Elk wallowing .JPG
IMG_0484Elk Goat Rocks Wilderness .JPG
IMG_0484Elk Goat Rocks Wilderness .JPG
IMG_0489Devils Horns.JPG
IMG_0489Devils Horns.JPG
Img_0490.jpg
Img_0490.jpg
IMG_0491Devils Horns.JPG
IMG_0491Devils Horns.JPG
Img_0493.jpg
Img_0493.jpg
IMG_0494Devils Horns.JPG
IMG_0494Devils Horns.JPG
IMG_0495Devils Horns.JPG
IMG_0495Devils Horns.JPG
Img_0496.jpg
Img_0496.jpg
IMG_0500Young hoary marmots.JPG
IMG_0500Young hoary marmots.JPG
IMG_0506Young hoary Marmot.JPG
IMG_0506Young hoary Marmot.JPG
Img_0514.jpgGoat Rocks Wilderness sunset
Img_0514.jpgGoat Rocks Wilderness sunset
IMG_0516Goat Rocks sunset.JPG
IMG_0516Goat Rocks sunset.JPG
Ives Peak and Ives Glacier IMG_0434.JPG
Ives Peak and Ives Glacier IMG_0434.JPG
Ives Peak,  Old Snowy Mtn IMG_0441.JPG
Ives Peak, Old Snowy Mtn IMG_0441.JPG
lIMG_0428Goat Citadel.JPG
lIMG_0428Goat Citadel.JPG