Goat Mountain Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Vancouver District, BC that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until October.
This is a moderate not an easy summer hike in my estimation. Please note it can be very dangerous and should be avoided when the trail is closed when there is snow on the mountain. There has been 2 deaths related to slips and falls by snowshoers in the past decade.
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I did not find this trail to difficult...It is in summer shape; dry and lots of green. The trail can be a bit hard to see at some parts once you get over the top of Dam Mountain...Be careful. I noticed a number of offshoots that led no where. Try to avoid following these as all you will do is contribute to the off trail damage.
I hiked to Goat Mountain via Dam Mountain. Dam Mountain itself is awesome enough. I could have easily stopped here and been satisfied.
I did continue over the top of Dam Mountain and on to Goat Mountain. The trail narrowed at times with lot's of over growth. Steep drops along the way as well as nice clear open stops to take a few minutes to enjoy the quite.
On the return I took the easier but more open Alpine Trail. I suggest this on the way down.
This trail is amazing not only for its great views but it's proximity to civilization. You will always be in ear shot of the Grouse Mountain Lumberjack show and the zip lines. However, as close to civilization it appears you are on the very of edge of the deep wilderness.
Enjoy. Be safe. Be prepared. Be out there.
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Challenging if you do the Grouse Grind first followed by Dam and then Goat Mtn. Great way to back 3 peaks in one day. Bring water and use easier Alpine trail back to Grouse chalet.
This is a beautiful hike with varied terrain. I wouldn't say it is for all skill levels, however, as getting to the summit involves scrambling and climbing using existing ropes and chains. Aside from the summit, there are sections of trail with steepish, narrow pathways which could be problematic with slippery conditions. The trail is listed as Moderate with a Difficult section as you near the summit.
This trail begins on an old service road found behind the grizzly bear habitat at the top of Grouse Mountain. It's not well marked at this entrance but head left on this service road and you will soon come to a trailhead where you can sign in (and out!). If you don't want to start at the bottom with the Grouse Grind, you'll need to purchase a gondola ticket.
Contrary to the 3 hour trip length described here, it took us about 5 hours to get up to the summit, have lunch and take pictures and then make the return trip but we do like to take our time. You'll want to stop for many beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys along the way as well.
The 360 degree view from the top is spectacular and worth the climb!