Goat Mountain Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Goat Mountain Trail is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2080 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

bugs

Goat Mountain / Spring Cove Trails On the south side of Bass Lake, Goat Mountain fire lookout is accessible via the Spring Cove Trail (22E18) and the Goat Mountain Trail (22E94). The Goat Mountain Trail begins in the Forks Campground and the Spring Cove Trail begins on the east side of the Spring Cove Campground entrance. It is about two and a half miles between the campgrounds. Both trails intersect in about an eighth of a mile, with another two and a half miles to the lookout. Both offer spectacular views of Bass Lake and mountains beyond. The walk is up hill, so plan for plenty of time and take plenty of water.

2 hours ago

The most awful trail in recent memory. We turned back after 1.5 kms due to annoying gnats and the arid environment. While the other reviewers suggested that the views may have been awesome at the top, it would not have compensated for the unpleasant hike. There was nothing of interest in the trail, the pines have been decimated by bark beetles. There are plenty of trails nearby that are substantially better. We decided to head back to Lewis Creek Trail for a more shady and interesting trail.

22 days ago

Bring lots of water, it's a hard hike to the top. Lots of elevation but an amazing view.

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2 months ago

This is becoming a favorite !!!!!

2 months ago

3 months ago

Took two trips to find correct trail. Agree bugs pest, small price to pay for such a peaceful trail ..the birds sang entire way..shady rest spots with a relaxing view from lookout. will return.

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3 months ago

Great

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Easy going, slow inclining trail. There was a few muddy sections to figure out how to cross, but was fun & we were creative. Beautiful views of Bass Lake and our dog loved the trail, mud, bugs, & all!!

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4 months ago

definitely be prepared for several large swarms of bugs along the trail. after running through about 5 swarms, i decided to turn back (had to run through them again on the way down). it got to the point where i couldn't breathe without inhaling them and many had gotten into my clothing. nice trail, but the bugs were unbearable.

8 months ago

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8 months ago

This was a great hike and run! We completed it 11.26.16. Hiked up and ran most of the way down just because. My GPS/Run tracker said it was 10.34 out and back

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8 months ago

9 months ago

avoid gnats if you can

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10 months ago

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

It was a great hike! I went from my friend's cabin so it was about 10 miles. Loved the views all the way up. The gnats were awful though

Friday, March 18, 2016

Got lost like most....it was an adventure tho!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

The trail is very poorly marked... I took a wrong turn a few times, but it is a beautiful trail. There is a lot of hiking before your actually reach a "view" but the forest itself is great. Tip: when you climb up from the trail head you will reach a dirt road in .5 miles, look to your right and you will see the trail.