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Turns All Year backcountry and telemark skiing photos from Goat Rocks Wilderness Area
Goat Rocks Wilderness Area, Washington
The Goat Rocks Wilderness Area in the south Washington Cascades Mountains encompasses a jagged crest of peaks reaching to around 8000 feet, remnants of an old volcanic complex. The west side of the Goat Rocks crest experiences complete melting of the snowpack each summer, but the east side holds many glacial pockets which persist year-round. With adequate snowpack, however, both side of the crest have extensive backcountry skiing terrain. Possibly the best way to explore the Goat Rocks is to camp near treeline and spend several days sampling the varied backcountry skiing possibilities. The section between Old Snowy Mountain and Ives Peak has multiple passes which allow a skier to access backcountry skiing runs on both sides of the crest in a single day, and various loop tours are possible. The Mt. Curtis Gilbert area of the crest is somewhat isolated from the rest, but offers multiple possibilities for steep backcountry skiing. The photos in this gallery are from a five day June trip, in which we accessed the Goat Rocks from the west and set up camp near Snowgrass Flats. With telemark skiiing gear and waxless skis, we were able to easily tour-for-turns and enjoy superb telemark skiing conditions on east- and west-side runs from Old Snowy Mountain and Ives Peak, in McCall Basin, and on the Ives Glacier.

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Andy at Goat Creek
Andy at Goat Creek
Goat Rocks crest from the west
Goat Rocks crest
from the west
Mt. Curtis Gilbert
Mt. Curtis Gilbert
First run, Goat Rocks west slopes
First run, Goat
Rocks west slopes
Skinning with Mt. Adams
Skinning with Mt. Adams
Telemark skiing on Old Snowy Mountain
Telemark skiing on
Old Snowy Mountain
Mt. Rainier from Old Snowy Mountain
Mt. Rainier from
Old Snowy Mountain
Skiing into McCall Basin
Skiing into McCall Basin
Goat Rocks backcountry skiing
Goat Rocks
backcountry skiing
McCall Basin telemark skiing photos
McCall Basin backcountry
Mt. Adams view
Mt. Adams view
from dinner bench
Steep run in SE bowl of Ives Peak
Steep run in SE
bowl of Ives Peak
Backcountry skiing, east side of Ives Peak
Backcountry skiing,
east side of Ives Peak
West side of Goat Rocks crest
West side of
Goat Rocks crest
Skiing toward Snowgrass Flats
Skiing toward
Snowgrass Flats
Mt. Curtis Gilbert from east side
Mt. Curtis Gilbert
from east side
Goat Rocks telemark skiing
Goat Rocks telemark skiing
Charles catches some air
Charles catches some air
Goat Rocks from the north
Goat Rocks viewed from the north, with labels (1200x460)

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