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backpacking
3 days ago

Super beautiful trail. The climb was really hard at the beginning. Once you got to the saddle it was down hill. A friend and I went on June 24th. We crested the saddle excited to start going down to the lake. Little did we know there was a ton of snow! The trail disappeared and after trying to make our way for an hour without the trail we turned around and climbed out. We camped just below Goat peak. We had a great time and look forward to going when there is no snow.

Amazing breathtaking views, wonderfully challenging trail.

hiking
4 days ago

One of my favorites, heck of a uphill climb every well worth it great views and pretty cool to see the goats.

This out and back proved to be just under 10 miles round trip. One of my favorites so far. I want to come back and stay a night in a tent beside the lake. Waterfalls, River Crossings, Stream Wading, an old abandoned mine, and of course the alpine lake. This hike has it all!! Definitely a challenge on the vertical climb.

hiking
10 days ago

Walked it 6/18/17 (Fathers day). Great views but closer to 8 miles round trip. A little snow towards the top. Who ever calls this trail and Marie creek both moderate must be on meth. Marie creek is a piece of cake. This is a butt kicker.

hiking
13 days ago

Attempted to get to the peak on 6/14/17 only to be met with LOTS of snow. Got around 1 mile from the summit but the trail was hard to follow and some 10 to 15 ft snow drifts were difficult to make it around. Before we even reached the ridge line, we were finding ourselves in snow and had to guess where the trail was. Ended up going down the wrong trail for 3/4 of a mile due to The deep snow and not being able to see the trail. My advice is hug the ridge line and you will be fine. The first 1.5 miles of the trail is very steep but eventually evens out on the ridge line. That being said the views are incredible and made even better with the remaining snow. Will definitely return again but will wait a couple months.

about mile 14 up trestle creek there was a snow/landslide that is not possible except via atv.

hiking
28 days ago

No one has lost a finger that has been reported to any agency by a mountain goat bite. In 2015 a hiker was bitten in the leg because he was letting the goat lick the salt off his leg & the hiker decided he'd had enough - but the goat disagreed. So he bit him. The rumors apparently fly. Contact IDFG or USFS (Sandpoint Ranger Station) before assuming all is true. That said, the goats ARE very used to hikers. PLEASE - do not share your lunch. Do not let them lick you! If goats are in the trail or approach you - yell loudly, wave your arms, knock your hiking poles together. You may have to do this over & over. Please do not feed dogs at the summit (they leave crumbs). Appreciate the hikers here warning to not get too close to the goats. The trail had to be closed in 2015 for several months due to the injured hiker & fears of more injuries by goats. Fortunately there has never been a serious goat injury. Dogs are fine but they cannot harass wildlife - and remember, goats are very good at the super-steep north side of the summit ...... dogs, not so much! Suggest a leash until you know your dog won't chase them. This trail is also a little over 4 miles one way - not 5.7 miles one way. The re-route which was finished last year is great - a real knee-saver on the way down (the old trail had one 90 degree turn and one switchback. The new trail has 19 switchbacks! It only adds less than 1/3 of a mile.) Regarding the directions - there are small brown FS "Trail 65" signs all the way from the pavement just outside of Clark Fork but you do have to watch for them. FS has flagged a couple of them to make them more noticeable. May 31st & patchy snow starting in the meadows at about 5500'.

I first attempted this hike on May 19th, 2017. I was only with one other person, and we saw a baby moose and heard bear growls about a mile up; the animals made us nervous so we turned back. A week later, on the 26th, I returned with 5 more people. One of us knew the area extremely well. About halfway up, the trail ran into pretty deep snow, and we went off the trail. I would NOT suggest going off the trail unless you or someone you are with knows the area well. Without the use of a hiking pole, the hike would have been much more difficult for me, as the snow was difficult to walk through and slick in parts. However, the views at the top were INCREDIBLE. This is one of the best hikes I have ever done. Words or pictures do not do it justice. But you HAVE to do this hike, it is amazing. We had 3 active dogs with us who also loved the hike:) the mountain was so snowy, on the way down we used garbage bags to slide down in parts! It was great fun. Due to the snow this hike took us all day long. If you don't want this hike to be strenuous, I would suggest doing it in late summer to avoid having to hike through deep snow. I would also suggest going with a large group of people at any time to help ward off wild animals. I hope you find this hike as amazing as I did!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on a whim around noon sometime last week, and was pleasantly surprised by the beauty it had to offer. From the spring, comes the sprouts of wondrous mountain flowers aching to reveal themselves from a frost tormented ground.

The very aroma was crisp with flora, each exhilarated breath took was baited by the natural perfume emanating from the vast forestry surrounded on either side of a narrow climb. As my adventure continued I was met by the beautiful remnants of a winter wonderland, it heavily dusted across a pale landscape which acted as a veil to the very trail itself.

It took hours, and sometimes even several small winded breaks to summon the courage to venture on through a wayward path to reach the peak itself. There the true majesty of the world can be taken in full view. Through the suffering climb, you can finally find God under the blistering heat of the sun, and his breath upon the subtle chill of a lapsing breeze. The descent proved difficult, as the trail was lost to me, and under the duress of a horrible fall upon the icy bed that encumbered the region and burdened my ego I found joy as well as laughter. Forgotten of my obsessions or enslavements of love lost, I was finally thankful for the day. However, I was reminded of a quote by Sierra DeMulder in speaking of true love. "I love you head over handles like my first bicycle accident - before the mouthful of gravel and blood. I swore we were flying."

extremely steep trail. definitely not for a beginner. not a spring hike. we went in may and the snow was very deep. great trails a few down trees but nothing we can't handle. I would love to do this hike again in the late summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and Steep. Dont feed the mountaim goats and they are not afraid of you. Be cautious.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! The trail has streams running along it in the early parts of the year and we always fill our canteens up in these so no need to bring a ton of water with you. The trail itself is pretty steep and you will think you're almost to the top when you really aren't.. It will play tricks on you like that. You can break the hike up into multiple days to make it less difficult and spend the night at the upper lake. The rainbow trout here are so delicious!!! There is snow here until late summer which may make it difficult if you hike early in the year, so always be prepared. We loved the hike and will do it again soon!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

did it in October, had lots of snow so the trail was difficult to follow at times. the snow also probably pushed the goats down, didn't see any. I definitely want to go back.

Check the US forest service site before you plan your hike! It's trail #65. The summer of 2015 it was closed for awhile due to mountain goat attacks. One man was gored and another had a finger bitten off (both survived). It's a popular trail in the summer and the goats at the top are not afraid of people so keep you distance and be safe! It's a quick drive over from Sandpoint but the roads are not well marked. I grew up in this area and it is definitely one of my favorite hikes!