Goat Mountain Trail is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Goat Mountain / Spring Cove Trails On the south side of Bass Lake, Goat Mountain fire lookout is accessible via the Spring Cove Trail (22E18) and the Goat Mountain Trail (22E94). The Goat Mountain Trail begins in the Forks Campground and the Spring Cove Trail begins on the east side of the Spring Cove Campground entrance. It is about two and a half miles between the campgrounds. Both trails intersect in about an eighth of a mile, with another two and a half miles to the lookout. Both offer spectacular views of Bass Lake and mountains beyond. The walk is up hill, so plan for plenty of time and take plenty of water.
It was a great hike! I went from my friend's cabin so it was about 10 miles. Loved the views all the way up. The gnats were awful though
Got lost like most....it was an adventure tho!
The trail is very poorly marked... I took a wrong turn a few times, but it is a beautiful trail. There is a lot of hiking before your actually reach a "view" but the forest itself is great. Tip: when you climb up from the trail head you will reach a dirt road in .5 miles, look to your right and you will see the trail.
I had to hike it on 2 separate days to actually make it to the lookout tower (turn left at the jeep road not right). It is a great work out with beautiful views. Also, I tried the 2 different starting points. I liked the manzanita forest I hiked through from the road start although I think the campground start is slightly shorter in distance.
I really enjoyed this trail. Great views of the lake and mountains. Moderately difficult at times, but mostly an easy trail. Well marked and well kept. Amazing views from the tower at the top. Looking forward to doing it again.
The trail is confusing as there are many intersecting trails. I took a wrong turn on decent and ended up 4 miles from my car!! Tack on another 2.2 miles if you want to go all the way to the lookout. The view is amazing!! Bring bug spray or a net....the little gnats are BAD. Lots of poisin oak on the lower portion...becareful! I really loved the flow and feel of the trail. If you go in summer go early
This is a nice single track trail with gorgeous high country views. It is listed as also a horseback trail, but as a rider I would not recommend this for horses. This trail has been used primarily by mountain bikers for years and years and is well known for being a bike trail. The trail is fairly steep with drop-offs and has many blind curves. A wreck with a mountain bike would be serious. There are miles and miles of forestry roads and beautiful single track trails without using the Goat Mountain trail. The trail actually comes out on the forestry road. If you are a mountain biker, this is a fantastic bike trail and will keep you in good shape! It's not an easy one.
Did this trail with my two kids (boy: 12 an girl: 10), in early May 2012. Never made it to the tower. Took a turn left some where and eventually end far away from our vehicle. Long hike but very nice. My boy became a real hiker on this trail. Will probably do it again in 2013, since the world didn't end.
It's a nice trail if you happen to be up at Bass Lake and have a early morning to spare.
Long hike. Start early to avoid the heat during the summer. The tower is disappointing, abandoned & in shambles.
This is the Wishon area of Bass Lake. It's called Wishon because of Wishon Cove.
Yes, Ryles H. is correct. This is a Forest service road at Bass Lake CA that's gated on the 426rd side. Bring bug repellant, the tiny RELENTLESS flyes are beyond annoying. The ride up to the saddle where you can veer right and head up to the lookout tower is quick and steady on it's upward climb. Veering left will take you to a quick single track on your right (look for it or you'll miss it and end up going up, up and up to a dead end to the radio towers?...), taking the single track down is a fun bomb down towards the dirt road just West of Bass Lake. A few smaller trails can be accessed off and from Goat Mountain Loop.
Uhh, this is at Bass Lake, not Wishon Reservoir