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Angry Mountain

South Cascades > Goat Rocks
46.5184, -121.5944 Map & Directions
16.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3,409 feet
Highest Point
6,049 feet
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  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
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Looking for adventure and solitude? Angry Mountain is the destination for you, though trail conditions may make put you in the mood the mountain is named for. It's a steep, challenging climb from Forest Road 21, but the payoff comes miles later, when you finally gain the ridge crest separating two glaciated valleys. Continue reading

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Hiking Angry Mountain

The Angry Mountain trail was created for the adventurer. Make it a day-hike and enjoy the panoramic views of Mount Rainier and Mount Adams along the final ridgeline. Create a loop with the nearby Lily Basin connection and spend a blissful night under the stars at Hart Lake. Or, use it as a back-end accesses point to Goat Lake, Jordan Basin and the famed Snowgrass Flat by crafting a multi-night expedition.

What was once a rugged and challenging slog that required climbing up and over hundreds of fallen trees has recently undergone a massive transformation thanks to the work of our Lost Trails Found campaign. Working alongside Back Country Horsemen of Washington volunteers and the Cowlitz Ranger District, we have created a clear path from trailhead to summit. Although still a steep and challenging climb, the trail is now easily navigated and comes with a big payoff — a stunning ridge crest separating two glaciated valleys.

From the humble trailhead, you'll climb up steep and long lasting switchbacks as you ascend up and up towards the treeline. A few miles in, you'll officially enter the Goat Rocks Wilderness and soon reach an open ridge. From here you'll have plenty of options — you can set up camp, continue onward to reach the junction with the Lily Basin and trail or head back to the car and call it a day.

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Hike Description Written by
Rachel Wendling, WTA Staff

Angry Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.5184, -121.5944 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Packwood, travel west on Highway 12 for 2.6 miles and turn left on FR 21. Follow this road for a little more than seven miles, then turn left onto FR 2120. After 0.2 miles, arrive at the trailhead on the left side of the road. There is no formal parking area for the trail, although there is room for several cars to park alongside the forest road.  

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South Cascades > Goat Rocks

Angry Mountain (#90)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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