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off road driving
14 hours ago

Since my first trip up here back in 2016 i have been here 2 times. Once with my everyday driver 1999 4Runner 5speed with only a 2 inch lift and was able to make it to the top with no scrapes by taking some super careful lines. Love this place. Love this place, the Views are amazing so high up in the sky. Can't wait to go back up late winter early spring while the snow is melting.

hiking
8 days ago

Trail is not marked very well. If you use google/apple map, they will point you to the a start point on Road 222. That is probably because there is relatively more parking there. But the good part of the trail actually start on Road 274. Look for road "7s82" in google maps. And on Road 274, there are extremely few parking spots. So better follow the google/apple map and park on the Road 222.

Reg the trail itself, it is quite steep and not at all marked. And on our hike day in november, we didn't run into any other hiker. So it was a bit unsettling.

beautiful but very slippery..

Hiked the lower Lake two weeks ago and loved it. Hope to do the upper Lake soon.

hiking
23 days ago

Great Hike!! Camped at the Fresno Dome campground. Beautiful fall colors and a amazing view.

hiking
25 days ago

We decided to hike this trail. It is a 4x4 road but does make for a nice hike. The trees at the top were amazing. I recommend this trail for a good workout. The road you drive to get to the start of the trail is very bumpy, I do not recommend that you take a car.

nature trips
1 month ago

First visit to site. Trail was beautiful; HOWEVER, it was VERY difficult to follow. It would be helpful to have signs/flags (recent rain washed away some trail prints). We had a large group (15) and we had to return down hill; think we went off trail after the pool area. Definitely disappointed. Hiking boots is highly recommended. This trail is NOT moderate; more on the difficult side.

GOOD LUCK and SAFE HIKING!

Gorgeous!

My wife and I hiked Goat mountain trail yesterday. We just moved to Oakhurst and wanted to try something different than going into Yosemite. We thought this would be a nice change.
We started at the green gate where the app told us the trail begins. We missed the first turn to take you up the mountain, so we had to backtrack about a quarter mile.
The trail goes through lots of forest land with occasional views of Bass Lake. It finishes after a steep incline to a cell tower at the top of Goat Mountain.
It's always nice to get out, in the early fall but here are my complaints about this hike.
The trail is not very well marked. We ran into a pair of mountain bikers who weren't sure they were at the right place either because the trailhead was not marked. It wasn't until we finished that we found out we could have shaved off a couple of miles by parking at The Forks Resort.
Second, the end was a little anticlimactic. After 9 miles we were expecting something spectacular, it was a nice view from the top of the mountain, but I think we were expecting more.
Finally, there were tons of gnats all along the way. Very frustrating to be hiking and have to swat at bugs from getting in your face, mouth, and eyes. Granted, it's outside, but definitely something to be aware of ahead of time.
Overall, not a bad experience, just nothing to write home about with all of the opportunities in the Oakhurst area.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. The waterfalls and pools make great spots to just enjoy the moment, cool off, and have a snack. Water is cold but refreshing! We made it more difficult than needed by going the wrong way, but will definitely try it again on the main trail. Flies/bugs were awful and took away from my enjoyment of the scenery. Definitely spray up and take a hat to shoo them away.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike. There are a hand full of pretty water falls along the way and lots of spots to swim (water is cold.) The trail isn't that difficult to follow but i would download to trail map from alltrails, I referred to it a few times. It took me 1hr 20 min to get to the end and I was stopping a lot to take pictures. The way back probably took around 40 min. Yes there are little flys that get all up in your business but they don't bite. I wear "hoo-rag" over my face and it allows me to breathe without feeling like I'll inhale a bug. Fun Hike!

Very easy and relaxing hike.

fishing
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely worth going to the top, but there are also lovely swimming pools along the way if you take the left side (West of the creek).
The Alltrails map starts on an unnecessary hill. Park in the trailhead parking then take the road West to cross the creek as it enters Bass Lake.

secluded, good swimming

hiking
2 months ago

see also Angel Falls Loop....

great hike with amazing views. Trail is a little difficult to find/follow in some spots but dont give up....its sooo worth it at the top!

Great group hike. Fair amount of boulder hopping, thankful for those dreaded squats!

on Goat Mountain Trail

hiking
3 months ago

I’d like to do this again next time I’m on this side of the states just because the smoke from the fires is real and I bet the views are even more amazing than what we did get to see, which were still great. The gnat pockets are real, but that’s nature. We parked at the start coordinates and recorded at 10.1 mi for us. Took just under 5 hours at moderate pace and while out of shape.

nature trips
3 months ago

Highly recommended not to hard of a hike if you start from the upper road, hidden parking on a dirt trail. Go all the way to the top very slipper rocks, but wear your swim suit at the top there’s 3 holes you can jump into about 6-8ft deep so much fun and so refreshing after hiking the trail. Hike on the trail on the left of the falls.

Awesome trail, but looking a bit disheveled after the Railroad fire roared through the area & took out bridges, restrooms & signs

off road driving
4 months ago

Awesome trail

Took my stock jeep up on her first crawl with a group of Jeeps and it was awesome! I was grateful to have my spotters there as this was my first trail and there were some areas that proved to be more challenging , but not impossible. I certainly wouldn’t go up alone in a stock jeep unless you are an experienced driver. The views from the top were absolutely amazing! Everyone there said it was about a level 5. I can’t wait to go back, but when I do I’ll have my lift and tires ready!

The trail was relatively easy to follow, with a few strenuous parts along the way. Fishing was great along Norris creek (Brook and German Brown trout) and in Jackass lake (Rainbow trout).

off road driving
4 months ago

Amazing view. It was a bit of a trek to the top. A stock Jeep probably make it. A lift would probably feel safer. When you get to the fork in the road there are 3 ways to choose from and it’s poorly marked. To the left is boxes of bees, chose the road on the right and take that all the way to the gate. Once through the gate that’s where the trail starts. So fun!

walking
4 months ago

This place is amazing we whent swimming and took a small walk. The water is so close to the parking lot you don’t have to walk like 3 miles to get to the waterfalls. I love this place. Please pick up after yourself.

off road driving
4 months ago

Cool 4x4 trail, a bit short though.

hiking
4 months ago

I kept saying to myself why would I ever leave Ca! World class scenery and cool water to keep you going! Bring water it gets hot!

***Bring Mosquito Repellant or wear long sleeves.
Pretty steep in some places.
Can be muddy.
Trail can be difficult to follow.
Amazing views. Especially on the way back.
Gorgeous waterfalls.
Rapid current.

off road driving
4 months ago

Trail was pretty good. The dirt roads leading up to the Iron Lakes Trail are easy to drive on probably even in passenger cars. I would only take a 4x4 on the Iron Lakes trail though. A full size pickup would probably get stuck because the trail is very narrow. I saw some stock Tacomas about 3/4 of the way down the trail, the last 1/4 of the trail is probably too steep for non-lifted trucks. I made it with a 3 inch lift and 35 inch tires on my Toyota Tacoma. If you plan on going down to the lake in the summer, be sure to bring mosquito repellant, they are everywhere!

Amazing views!

Does anyone know where to go from the trail end? There are 3 roads to take, once completely covered in bees. Thanks!

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