Goat Mountain Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, WA that features beautiful wild flowers 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
This is the Goat Mountain trail north of Mt Baker, not Goat Lake as described in another review and it is something like 11 miles round trip to reach the actual summit. The official trail ends on the ridge around 5100ft and was still snow covered this weekend but is melting quickly. I continued on from the ridge and made it to just below the west summit and enjoyed some great views of surrounding peaks. The scramble above the main lookout ridge became pretty steep and narrow in places with several snow crossings but offers some great views.
Loved this hike, did it about a year ago. It has two trail options and I recommend taking the Lower Elliott trail on the way up as it runs along the river and you can see the mini falls. Take the Upper Elliott on the way back as it has some view points that are great later in the day. There is nothing difficult although you do cross a couple creeks they were low enough in early July to hop from rock to rock. There are camp grounds when you reach the lake. The lake opens up to a gorgeous view of the mountain peak sticking up. Bugs were minimal and trail was relatively empty early on the weekend. On the way down it was becoming busier so if you want seclusion head out early morning. I took my dog and it was good hike for him with nothing to challenging.