Goat Lake Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used 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