I hiked to Goat Lake on a Tuesday and still met 10 people along the trail. Camp 1 - Sheep Lake (Knoll south of Lake) Camp 2 - Lily Basin, day hike next day to Old Snowy or Goat Lake. I hiked from Iron Creek Trailhead 3 times in the summer of 2014 but failed to take pictures of the trailhead. Take a left on FR 2150 and follow it 3.3 miles to the Berry Patch Trailhead. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. You'll still find tree cover here on occasion, as well as glimpses of the Goat Rocks to the east. Trail Conditions Obstacles on trail: ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. North Cascades. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. They’ll rejoin in approximately three miles, so the choice is yours. This 10.5-mile roundtrip hike to Goat Lake in the Goat Rocks Wilderness makes for a great overnight backpacking trip. The tread is soft, and the stream crossings are small with stepping stones that may be partially submerged in the early season.The trail to the left follows an old road. To be fair, most of the lakes around Stanley are just as pretty. ... Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Goat Mountain and Deadman's Lake Hike Info. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/goat-rocks-three-loop The trail to Hawkeye is the same trail and trail head to Goat Lake. A nice hike with plenty of variety. I didn't see anywhere to camp right next to the lake, but it was pretty frozen over. At about 4.5 miles you will climb up into a really neat circ. The bridge is gone, but there is still a rushing waterfall worth visiting. Goat Lake sits in a steep glacial valley surrounded by ridges and peaks that separate it from the historic Monte Cristo mine sites to the southwest and the North Fork Sauk watershed and Sloan Peak to the north. Goat Lake's chilly turquoise waters, situated in a north-facing cirque, are frozen several months out of the year and are often snow-covered well into summer. This route offers nearly everything you could want on an alpine ramble: vast wildflower fields, stunning panoramas that include towering glaciated peaks, high alpine meadows, cold alpine lakes, tons of birds and wildlife, and a good chance at solitude despite the incredible beauty of the route. This is a loop. Located in what seems to be the "middle of nowhere," sandwiched roughly halfway in between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, Goat Rocks Wilderness is quickly becoming a favorite backpacking and hiking destination, and the nearly 14-mile loop trail up to Goat Lake is certainly its most popular adventure. This section of the trail (4.6 km) is also very easy to bike on. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. On the trip back to the trailhead, you might not even notice this junction.Shortly after the trails rejoin, the way gets a little rocky and the grade steepens. Guidebooks & Maps. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Shoe Lake basin and Snow Grass Flats are closed to camping and campfires; camping is available at Hidden Springs (about 1 mile west of Shoe Lake). Goat Lake; Bugs on trail...EVERYWHERE. Goat Lake reflects the surrounding mountains on a calm day. Happy Feet 2017 Hiked Nov 19, 2020. Goat Lake — Washington Trails Association. The closer you get to Goat Lake the better the displays. Parking is also available at the nearby Snowgrass Flats Trailhead. There are at least 15 sites here, though none of them are particularly private. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Mount St. Helens is an eerie place, considering its dramatic history. Starting Trailhead - Walput Lake. You will start on the Walupt Lake Trail (#101) and a short distance from the campground, take Trail #98 (Nannie Ridge) as it branches off and climbs steeply northeast onto an open, scenic ridge top. Continue ~0.3 mile to the trailhead (4,600 ft). Hike south through wildflower-laden meadows and cross several creeks cascading from Old … Or continue past the Snowgrass Flat sign 0.6 mile to the Berry Patch Trail head (4,700 ft). Difficult but fun and accessible for most hikers in decent shape. Go Hiking Trip Reports Goat Lake. Cross the footbridge and begin your hike following the Snowshoe Trail for the first 4 km. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Drive US 12 to 3 miles south of Packwood. Goat Lake (#1161) Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District. At the 1.5-mile mark, the forest gives way to rolling meadows. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Stay on the main trail (right) and continue along the ridgeline. Other offshoots from the main trail are similarly marked later in the hike. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Goat Lake Hike Info. Home of the Women's Tennis Association. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Click for PDF Topo Map of this Hike . Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. There is an easier and shorter route. From there, follow Trail 96 all the way back to the Berry Patch. Switchbacking your way up the east side of this area will bring you to a saddle between the two valleys and to the Lily Lake Trail #86. Even though you can get to Goat Lake by crossing the boulder field, it makes for a much longer, harder hike. Trailhead. Hood, 80 miles south. Goat Lake is positively gorgeous. A nice hike with plenty of variety. Self-issue at trailhead (no fee), Mount St. Helens — 40 Years After the Blast. Trailhead. Mount Adams dominates the southern skyline, while the Goat Creek Basin unfolds below. There is an eroded culvert in one of the streams that is a little tricky to navigate, so take it slow and if you feel unsafe, don't go beyond your ability level. The Goat Lake hike in Waterton Lakes National Park reopened in the summer 2020. Hike to Goat Lake, Idaho. This goes even a bit higher than Goat Lake, and there are north facing slopes, so expect to see snow even later, even all year. The trail switchbacks to the left here, but the adventurous will want to take a quick side trip to the right. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Camp 3 - Cispus Pass. Both junctions are clearly marked with wooden signs. During this section you will cross various creeks moving along generally flat terrain. It had been closed for several years due to the 2017 Kenow fire that devastated some of the infrastructure in the park, including part of the Red Rock Parkway – the pretty access road to the trailhead. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. Mount St. Helens is an eerie place, considering its dramatic history. Time and distance are returnThe hike to Goat Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park starts as an easy stroll along the Snowshoe Trail. Unless you're hoping to add another mile to your hike, ignore the spur trail on your left (Trail 95A) that appears about a mile into the hike and rejoins the main trail a short while later. Goat Lake. Type of Hike Day hike. Continuing uphill, arrive at the root-ball of a large fallen tree. See weather forecast. In late summer and fall, when small creeks run dry during the first half of the hike, water is usually still available at babbling Jordan Creek, which briefly parallels the trail. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. The Goat Lake trail is accessed from Red Rock Canyon. Once you get to the lake, take in the views and scope out the potential tent spots scattered all around the lake. Seattle, WA 98104. You’ll have to contend with some fallen trees, but none of them are too bad.After a bit more climbing, reach a well-signed junction just before the lake. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. mrs.zupke Hiked Jul 31, 2013. WALPUT LAKE TO GOAT LAKE OR OLD SNOWY MOUNTAIN. Turn right at the road signed "Elliot and Goat Lakes." The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Watch your step while admiring the view. Matt Kite. Continue to the end of the pavement (about 31 miles from Granite Falls), and then go another 3.5 miles. 95 as it climbs gently into an open and airy forest. When you gain Goat Ridge a little past the five-mile mark, you'll see a sign anchored in a pile of rocks pointing the way to Lily Basin (left). From wildflower-filled meadows to top-of-the-world ridgelines, the hike to Goat Lake showcases the beauty of the Goat Rocks Wilderness, a haven for day-hikers and backpackers in the South Cascades. Choose between two routes leading toward Goat Lake that join 1.6 miles before reaching Goat Lake. The trip to Goat Lake starts at the Walupt Lake campground parking lot. The permit is free, and self-registration is conveniently located at the trailhead. South Cascades -- Goat Rocks. This hike to Hawkeye Peak follows Trail #95 north along Goat Ridge. A nice hike with plenty of variety. The campsites and two open-air privies are to the left. Because Goat Lake lies in the Sawtooth Wilderness, a wilderness permit is required for this hike. Mike Scavezze. Go Hiking Trip Reports Goat Lake. The trail loops from Snowgrass Flats to Goat Lake and down Goat Ridge where it traverses by the site of Goat Ridge Lookout with a panoramic view of the distant mountains. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. A few moments later, the lake will appear. Goat Lake sits in a steep glacial valley surrounded by ridges and peaks that separate it from the historic Monte Cristo mine sites to the southwest and the North Fork Sauk watershed and Sloan Peak to the north. The crystal clear water of this alpine lake combined with the towering mountains and thunderous noise of the waterfall gives Goat Lake, Idaho one of … When the trail crosses beneath the first of a handful of talus slopes on your right, you've hit the 3-mile mark and will notice a couple of campsites hidden in the trees to your left. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association The parking lot is at the end of the good gravel road. But if you can get through them, the lake is WONDERFUL! Why Hike to Goat Lake. Trip Report By. https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/washington/goat-rocks-wilderness Photo by Surviving Urban. It’s a bit tougher than your average day hike in the Sawtooth Mountains. 191 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Correspondents: Matt Kite. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Now the views of the powerful Goat Creek come into view as you get closer to the lake. Trip Report By. I lost about a pint of blood to the mosquitos in the lower sections of the hike. After a short distance, arrive at a signed day-use area. The first mile or so is close enough to hear the creek and periodically enjoy peek-a-boo views of it. Even though the trail is popular, there is some room to spread out here. There are two different trail options from the parking area. There are several nice campsites near here. Follow the signs carefully when you park. Goat Lake Map & Directions. Photo by Matt Kite. Re: Goat Lake + Old Snowy - July 30-31, 2015 Post by Aimless » August 6th, 2015, 4:42 am Each time I've traveled the PCT through Goat Rocks I've taken the high route over the shoulder of Old Snowy rather than the low route across Packwood Glacier. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 In 2 miles, turn right at the sign pointing to Snowgrass Flat Trail. It is located at the end of Forest Road #2150 near Chambers Lake. You won’t be alone, though – this is a… Up toward the lake, you can hike around the rim and find some beautiful spots, to listen to the snow pack runoff and small waterfalls that run into the alpine lake. Wilderness permit. Goat Lake Map & Directions. The elevation gain is gentle and gradual, the maintained path is well-signed, and there are near-constant views to keep it interesting. The trail to the lake continues to the right. Incredible vistas and wildflowers all the way - words don't begin to cover it. If you opt for the upper trail views along the way will be of jagged peaks, two really nice waterfalls, small patches of wild strawberries, and lots of bleeding hearts. Allow for more travel time and drive slow. Definitely recommended for a day hike, or an overnight. The Yakama Indian Reservation, bordering the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the southeast, is closed to the public except for … Shoe Lake. This is your best bet for a lunch overlooking the lake, or for letting your kids run around. Old Snowy Mountain via Snowgrass Trail is a 15.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Randle, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/goat-lake-trail--3 The hike to Goat Lake is approxiamately 4.0 miles with an elevation gain of 1500 feet. For the next mile and a half or so, you'll be working your way up a deep saddle. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Trips ranging from 8-16 miles and to Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake, and Hawkeye Point are all challenging hikes that reward with wildflowers and views. After crossing the Cowlitz River, take a right (south) on Forest Road 21 and follow it 13 miles to FR 2150. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, Day Hiking: North Cascades (Craig Romano - Mountaineers Books), Buy the Green Trails Sloan Peak No. A short while later, the views begin to open up, with Mount St. Helens appearing to the southwest. Consider taking one trail to the lake, and the other one on the trip back to your car.The trail to the right drops down to the creek. Hike by WTA Correspondents: S tretch your definition of a day hike with a trip to Shoe Lake. 303 map. The snow often lingers until late summer. Next morning, catch the sunrise over Oregon’s 11,250-foot Mt. The trail begins in the forest near Ryan Lake and is a steep switch-backing ascent up to the ridge of Goat Mountain, gaining about 1,500 feet within 2.5 miles. This 10.5-mile roundtrip hike to Goat Lake in the Goat Rocks Wilderness makes for a great overnight backpacking trip. Get Trail News Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Added by Madison Sankovitz. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/goat-lake-trail This is one of our Volunteer Vacations. Took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to check out the WTA Hike of the Week at Goat Lake. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. Follow the trail past the Goat Lake backcountry campground towards the north shore of the lake where you'll find a log bench. The landscape of Jordan Basin is built on a grand scale and will encourage multiple camera stops. Goat Lake Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 303S map, Buy the Green Trails White Pass No. Rated 3.667 /5 based on 3 customer reviews 3.7 10.5 miles 1400 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail Save Add Review Get Directions Add Photo. Take the Mountain Loop Highway east from Granite Falls. Stream crossings are more difficult early season, but still manageable. Many believe that the Goat Rocks Wilderness is one of the top prizes of the Washington Cascades. From here, the trail begins to climb in earnest. There is $235 fee ($195 for WTA members). Both roads (FR 21 and FR 2150) are riddled with potholes and sections of washboard but can accommodate most vehicles, including sedans. When to go? Goat Mountain and Deadman's Lake Hike Info. Trailhead Co-ordinates: 46.4669, -121.5274 Open map in new window. As you switchback up the hillside, keep your eyes and ears open for a large waterfall on your right. It did not disappoint. Goat Lake in early October. This is the most difficult portion of the hike; the remainder of the trail will be a walk on the south-facing side of the ridge. 1185 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Correspondents: Mike Scavezze. Snowgrass Flats and Goat Lake Loop Trail is a 12.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This hike is off the beaten path and leads to the largest waterfall in the Sawtooth Mountains and a beautiful alpine lake. Trip Backpack - Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake & Hawkeye Point. Hike to Goat Lake, Goat Rocks Wilderness. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. From the trailhead at the Berry Patch parking lot, which features one vault toilet, follow Trail No. The trail head is not the same as the trail head to Snowgrass Flats. Seattle, WA 98104. Camp 4 - Sheep Lake. From wildflower-filled meadows to top-of-the-world ridgelines, the hike to Goat Lake showcases the beauty of the Goat Rocks Wilderness, a haven for day-hikers and backpackers in the South Cascades. Be sure to avoid the Chokwich Creek Trail, which branches off to your left at 3.6 miles from the trailhead. Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, Day Hiking: South Cascades (Nelson - Mountaineers Books), Day Hiking: Mount Adams and Goat Rocks (Asars - Mountaineers Books), Buy the Green Trails Packwood No. 69 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Correspondents: Kristen Sapowicz. Contact Us. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Water was plentiful on the Snowgrass Trail, but it becomes dry on Goat Ridge after the campsites just south of the lake get out of sight. Good, challenging hike! The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. After you take plenty of pictures and a breather, conquer the last 600 feet of your hike up to the pristine shores of Goat Lake. The highest section of the hike, around Goat Lake, is snow covered until about late July, and is very exposed during bad weather so keep an eye on the weather reports.Also, consider taking mosquito repellent for this hike because bugs are numerous there in July and August. This is an excellent spot to have your lunch and look for goats that may be on the surrounding cliffs. For this Goat Lake Loop Hike, stay left on the Goat Ridge Trail. Trail Conditions Obstacles on trail: ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. This hike to Goat Lake via Goat Ridge follows Trail #95 from the Trail Head on Forest Road #2150.040 near what is referred to as the Berry Patch. At … It certainly is a view extravaganza. Goat Lake Hike Info. It is about 3.5 miles from the flats to the lake, with roughly 500 more feet of elevation to gain. 302 map, Buy the Green Trails Goat Rocks-William O Wilderness No. The ridgeline trail, though sturdy and well-built, is sloughing in just a few places.Before you spy Goat Lake, you'll see the pink-hued rock walls that loom above it. Trip Report. Actually, the first 5 miles of this hike are the same as the first 5 miles of the hike to Goat Lake. We snagged a beautiful established campsite in a meadow between Goat Lake and the first PCT junction, then headed off for our day trip destination - Old Snowy Mountain. Turn to the WTA for the best coverage of your favorite players! Snow often lingers at the lake and along the ridgeline well into August.WTA Pro-Tip: If you'd rather hike a loop than an out-and-back course, continue on the main trail (now Trail 86) and follow it to Snowgrass Flats. There are two different trail options from the parking area. Elliot Creek (#647), Old Elliot Creek Road (#647.1), Mt. RIP my blood. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. Hike Description . Goat Rocks Three Loop is a 68.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/goat-lake-trail Trip Report. There was once an old wood-planked road here and a bridge across the river to an old town site. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October. Download Goat Lake - https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/goat-lake Photos by twenty20photos. Hike out-and-back, hike a loop, or scramble Old Snowy Mountain or Ives Peak in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Rated 4.875 /5 based on 8 customer reviews 4.9 6.8 miles - Out-and-Back Trail Save Add Review Get Directions Add Photo. Additionally, hikers making this journey should note that the Goat Lake Trail is not marked, and the final way up to the lake … Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. North Cascades. Olympic Peninsula. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.The trail starts at the far end of the large parking lot. It is straight and wide, with a mild but constant uphill and then downhill grade. Goat Lake Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequim, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The unpaved portion of the Mountain Loop road had quite a … Basin Lake via Norse Peak Trail, Goat Lake Trail, and PCT is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. From Randle, head east on Highway 12. Type of Hike Overnight. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. This is FR-4080, but the road number is not clearly marked. Length: 15.7 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: 2500 feet Highest Point: 6600 feet Photo by trip reporter KES31. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Drive 1 mile and turn left at the fork onto the unsigned Forest Road 2150. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Rock-hop across the Goat Lake outlet and contour around the Goat Creek Valley clockwise on the main trail. Ending Trailhead - PCT Trail #2000 to Trail #101 to Lake Walput OR Nannie Ridge #98 to Walupt Lake. This gorgeous lake is the perfect introduction to the Goat Rocks wilderness, but because it's closed to camping, you have to hike even further into the backcountry to overnight. This option will add about a mile or so to your hike. The final stretch is up gravel and rock slide: the goat path. This means there will be far less people on the trail than more popular hikes, such as Alice Lake. In just a few minutes, come to a well signed junction for the Upper Elliot and Lower Elliot trails. Goat Lake. This hike is optimal in mid-to-late summer, when the wildflowers are blooming and the huckleberries are ripening, and in fall, when the leaves are turning. Goat Lake Hike Info. There were a few stream crossing in mid-May when we went but stepping on rocks allowed us to stay dry. You will be out in the open from now on. Pass by the Verlot Ranger Station, where you can buy a Northwest Forest Pass if you need one. This is one of the best alpine hikes in Oregon and Washington - on your "must do list" for sure. We saw a couple of marmots sunning themselves between Goat Lake and the Flats. Super cute! The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. NTS Map: 082G01Elevation gain - 530 m (1,750 ft). … 111 map. The trail looses about 300 feet elevation in the next 0.5 mile where it joins a stream through Goat Ridge Meadow. Snowgrass Flat – Goat Lake Loop is 13-miles round trip and climbs a total of 1900 feet in elevation – perfect for an overnight backpacking trip, even for a first-time backpacker. Trailhead Co-ordinates: 47.9120, -123.1427 Open map in new window. Snowgrass Flat – Goat Lake Loop is 13-miles round trip and climbs a total of 1900 feet in elevation – perfect for an overnight backpacking trip, even for a first-time backpacker. You will be on a twisty trail surrounded by conifers, alders, ferns and skunk cabbage. Great hike. While you jockey for the best place to picnic or take a photo, try to stay on the main trail to avoid disturbing the fragile ecosystem that surrounds the lake. Hike by WTA Correspondents: Added by Felix Madrid. 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