I did an overnighter up the devastated Snipes Mountain Trail (from multiple fires in recent years) to a camp in lower Gotchen Meadow. The next morning I visited Bird Creek Meadows.

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Snipes Mtn Trail to Gotchen Meadows

It's four very dry and dusty miles of hiking up this trail till you get to the green meadows. Most of it burned a few years ago in the Cascade Creek Fire. The rest burned last year in the Cougar Creek Fire.














Bird Creek Meadows

From Lower Gotchen Meadow, it's about a mile up to the Round the Mountain Trail. Turn right there and you're in Bird Creek Meadows, which extends a few miles east.