Goat Lake Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Granite Falls, head east on Mountain Loop Highway for 34.3 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 4080 and travel 1 mile to the trailhead at the end of the road.
the most beautiful hike ever. fall colors and amazing beauty
Great trail, only a few switchbacks at the end. It was great to jump in goat lake at the end!
We have been up to Goat Lake twice and it is becoming one of our favorite trails. The next trip will be an overnight for sure. This is an easy hike for the initiated and the lower trail follows Elliott Creek a majority of the way up. Stop and take in the meadow just before arriving to the Lake and also be sure to spend some time at the falls before the meadow. The upper trail is definitely more mundane but beautiful views and very easy terrain make it worth at least taking it once.
We hiked in using the upper trail (6 miles) to the camp area. Nice and easy old logging road style trail till just after the point where upper and lower meet. The final push was switch backs that we lost the trail in washout areas. Nice camp area, feels remote even though we had two other groups show up that night. Great view from the box! Lake has a lot of places to explore and sites everywhere. Used the lower trail on our return (5 miles). Trail is a gradual downhill till the end. Trail is more of a path through the woods and follows a stream. Blue berries were a nice treat on the way down, lots to see!
Gorgeous lake! The water though cold is amazing. That color! Definitely pack a swimsuit!
Took the upper trail there- little boring- felt like a walk in the part til about the last mile where most the elevation is. Took the lower back - a lot of up/down - more scenic. Went on a Thursday was the 4th car there at about 10:30 but passed a couple groups coming down so had the lake pretty well to myself for a bit
Beautiful trail all the way through. A bit long and tedious at the end. But the views that greet you at the top make it well worth it.
Great hike! Amazing views at the lake as there is still snow on top of the mountains and everything is so green. Did the upper and the lower. Upper has some cool waterfalls and the lower is a nice hike along the creek. Took a fishing pole and caught two brook trout! Camped overnight and left the next morning.
This hike was gorgeous. Did the upper trail on the way up and the lower trail on the way out. Great shady trails and not much dust. The lake was beautiful!
I did this one with my dog, and it was a pretty hike. The trail was easily marked and pretty wide. There was some water and mud on the trail from the still melting snow which I'm sure will be gone soon. The views were great, and on a week day this is lightly traveled.
Great trail, pretty lake, great payoff
This is such a great hike! My 2nd time out there. Go on a nice day and get there early to have it all to yourself. The lake doesn't disappoint, so beautiful. Take Upper Elliot on your way up, and Lower Elliot on your way back. Upper Elliot is much nicer, where Lower Elliot is rocky, very narrow in many spots due to overgrowth, and extremely muddy in many places. It's a long hike but having the Alltrails app on your phone allows you to see where you're at on the trail. The waterfalls close to the top are amazing, and require you to go off trail 100' or so, but worth it for the photo ops.
This was a very long but easy hike! went on a day when it was close to 90° but it was bearable! it was mostly shaded throughout the trail with hints of sun soaked trail with nice ridgeline views here and there. All the elevation gain is at the end but its quick and painless. There is a beautiful waterfall to the right after you start ascending the incline, I would highly recommend checking out that view! The lake wasnt packed and it was mostly secluded most the time. I recommend if you want to prep for some longer backpacking trips!
Its a easy, comfortable hike with beautiful waterfalls. The trail runs along the river for most part. Right before the lake there is beautiful noisy fall. I suggest going all the way to the end of the lake. It did not look like many people explore the last part of the trail, about 20 min, which is kind of hidden behind the narrow bushy part but once you cross that you come to this picturesque view of mountain, glacier, lake, and , multiple waterfalls (I saw 8 of them from this spot).
Started early, took the upper Elliot to the lake- a few great scenic views on the way. The Lake was pristine with the surrounding snow capped mountains coming down to the waters edge. Lots of waterfalls! Had Coffee!! and lunch, then took the lower Elliot trail back to parking. Great views of the rushing river next to the trail. Trail at times is muddy, a few blow downs on each trail ( nothing to difficult).
Easy hike, well defined dirt trail. Last 15 minutes are the steepest and more moderate.
Alright, this is a great hike. I strongly recommend backpacking it and spending the night by the lake. I made it a three day backpacking trip with the addition of a fun scramble up Old Snowy Mtn. The views are stellar, Rainier and Adams smack in your face. The goats and marmots are everywhere. This is a great hike. Just do it. I'd like to attempt in winter next.