THE FOLLOWING MAP IS NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES.
Map of the Cispus Pass, Sheep Lake, Nannie Ridge, Goat Rocks Wilderness Hike
Length: 13 Mile RT
Elevation Change: 2700' Elevation gain / 300' loss
Season: Mid-Summer thru Fall
Difficulty: Difficult due to length
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required
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The Hike to Sheep Lake via Nannie Ridge begins just east of the
campground at Walupt Lake. The trail is very steep at first and
gains about 2000' in the first 2 miles. Most of the first 2
miles is in dense forest with very few views.
At about 2 miles the trail passes over the crest of a spur
ridge of Nannie Ridge and one can hike directly to the top
of Nannie Peak from this point. However, you continue to
follow Trail #98 to go to Sheep Lake or the junction to the
Pacific Crest Trail #2000.
After Sheep Lake, follow the Pacific Crest Trail on toward
Cispus Pass. The trail climbs steadily below the ridge on
your right as you come over a saddle still a mile or so from
Cispus Pass. Here you have magnificent views of the highest
Peak of the Goat Rocks, Mount Gilbert, over 8000' above sea
The trail switches sides of the ridge and continues on toward
Cispus Pass. In season the entire distance from Sheep Lake to
Cispus Pass is a floral paradise. And if you are lucky, you
will be privileged to view numerous mountain goats.
Upon reaching Cispus Pass, you will have excellent views north
toward Mt Ives. At this point, it is time to turn around and
head back to the trail head where you began this adventure.
How to get there:
From I-5 junction with US Hwy 12
Travel east on US Hwy 12 for about 48 miles to Randle.
From Randle travel east on US Hwy 12 for about 13.3 miles to the junction with
Forest Road 21. Turn right (south) onto FR21 and follow it uphill for about 5 miles.
At this point you will see Forest Road 2110 on your left, which is the road to the
Glacier Lake trailhead, but you continue straight ahead on FR21. In another 8.1 miles
you will come to the junction of Forest Road 2150, which is the road to the Berry Patch
trailhead and many hikes in the heart of the Goat Rock Wilderness. Nevertheless, you
continue straight ahead on FR21 for another 2.9 miles. Here you will come to the
junction of Forest Road 2160. Bear left onto FR2160 and follow it across the creek
and up a steep hill for another 5.2 miles to Walupt Lake. There is a campground on
the northwest shore of the lake, and the trailheads are at the far east end.
A Virtual Hike in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest