|Area: White Pass
||Hike Type: Mountain Views||Pass: NW Trail or Interagency Pass required|
|Distance: 15.7 mi RT||Duration: 8 hrs||Difficulty Level: Moderate|
|Snow-Free: mid July – Oct||High Point: 6,575 ft||Elevation Gain: 2,625 ft|
Features: kid-friendly, dog-friendly, alpine views, alpine lake, Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness.
It’s a long hike to Shoe Lake, but not overly difficult. Follow the well-graded Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) through cool forest and along an open craggy ridge to this pretty little lake tucked in an open alpine meadow. The wildflowers are sublime. The views are breathtaking—especially of Rainier hovering over the Hogback Ridge. And mountain goats are abundant here in this sprawling wilderness named for them.