Just returned from a much too short 4 day stay at Conrad Meadows next to the Goat Rocks Wilderness in the Central Cascades, about an hour west of Yakima.
Had a wonderful time in spite of the still present snowpack. The Surprise Lake loop that “is” Conrad Meadows is still blocked with snow, so we made trips up each fork and went as far as we could until we could go no further.
One highlight, among many, was the military jets that use the valley for low level flight training. On more than one occasion very low flying jets thundered past just a few hundred feet above the valley floor. Quite “exhilarating” on horseback.
The campground is remarkable in its cleanliness.
Minning “The Wonder Horse” did great as usual even though on a few water crossings of the Tieton River Celeste had wet feet. There’s a lot of horse packed into a 13.2 hand package there!
As always for more information on this and many other great rides and horse camping areas visit www.TrailMeister.com or just click on the pics.