Goat Peak Lookout Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mazama, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from June until October.
Hike to the Goat Peak fire lookout overlooking Mazama and the upper Methow valley.
It was a great shorter hike for viewing larch trees in October. A little icy in parts when I was there on 10/9 so trekking poles were of help. Once you reach the ridge there are very nice views of the Cascades in every direction as you make the final push for the lookout. FR roads to the TH were in pretty good shape.
Did this on 7/6/16. Long and bumpy drive to the trailhead, but doable in any passenger car. Don't miss the overlook about 2/3 of the way up. The first 1/2 of the trail is steep, but gives nice views when not in the forest--and wild flowers! The second half of the trail is even steeper, but don't despair. The view at the lookout is amazing. As one of the few manned fire lookouts in the area, this one is normally garrisoned by Lightening Bill, but he wasn't there the day we hiked it. I hear he's a great guy to chat with.
Beautiful trail that starts nice and high. We hit snow about 1/2 up the trail. Last 600-700 ft was snow trail straight up. Coming back down the snow was a little punchy from the heat but fine. Without snow this seems like a steep but totally doable hike. With snow (north facing slope) the. Route finding is needed, especially near the ridge line.
Challenging hike with great pay-off views at the top. The snow levels were quickly dropping as the weekend progressed, so it looks like the hiking season is coming to a sharp end for most. Time to strap on the skis!
Steep, short hike to fire lookout atop Goat peak in the North Cascades. Lots of snow still on the trail today made for slow going, but the views were spectacular.