Gotchen Meadows / Bird Creek Meadows

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.

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.