Goat Lake and Goat Falls via Iron Creek Trail, Alpine Way Trail

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Sawtooth Wilderness Area

Goat Lake and Goat Falls via Iron Creek Trail, Alpine Way Trail is a 8.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.2 miElevation gain1,814 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This hike starts on a well defined trail and ends with a scramble. The entire hike is uphill and the end is the most challenging, but the views along the way and the lake itself are well worth the hard work. Can be done as a day hike, day trip from Sawtooth Lake, or as a backpacking trip. See the tips section for more help!

1) Granite wall - there is easier access to start your climb into the scree field - still a granite wall but with "Steps" that make an easier climb. Once you are at the spot just at/before the falls where you see the big granite wall to your right - keep walking straight and to the right as the trail bends around the granite wall. Where the granite butts up against the scree field you will see some natural formed steps that make it easier to climb up the wall into the scree field. 2) YOU DO NOT NEED TO CROSS THE BOULDER FIELD TO GET TO THE LAKE!! There is a shorter/easier route. At the top of the scree field - you'll be above the top of the falls just entering the boulder field. Look to your left for the beaver dam that is above the falls in shallow/calm water. That beaver dam is where you will cross on the LEFT side of the water/creek. Once you spot the beaver dam, you will easily see the trail the leads from where you are standing through a wooded area to that beaver dam. Once you cross the beaver dam it's a short easy hike to the lake 3) The All Trails map/location indicator is spot on - there are a couple places in the scree field where we used the indicator to make sure we were still on trail. It winds around a bit in there - so the location indicator was a good confidence marker. 4) The last mile of the hike is definitely the most difficult part. There's a good section of steep gravel leading up to the first waterfall overlook. When you get to the rock wall on your right if you continue walking the base of the wall you will find the more staircase type section that is easier to go up, and that will be the start of the steepest part of the hike. Once you get to the waterfall overlook it is easy to miss the easier trail leading through the woods, so on the way up we went through the rock field. You can definitely avoid this by trying to stay as far to the left following up the waterfall and then you will find a beaver dam to cross above the falls. In that section there are a few times that it will look like the trail has ended but it hasn't, just keep pushing along and there are multiple different ways through the trees. Once you get to the falls you are pretty close so if you've made it that far, keep pushing on because it's definitely worth making that last little climb.

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tim petrus
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HikingGreat!

Great hike, did today 11/2. Amazing weather 60’s and sun. Scramble is tricky in spots but was easy to follow trail on app. Did not see a single person on the trail today

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Gene Williams
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Awesome hike. The last part up to the lake is a scramble, but worth the view. Next time I’ll pack lighter. Saw some others struggling with their dogs during the rock scramble, just a heads up. I would suggest paying attention to your GPS fairly frequently because it’s pretty easy to get off trail at various points. No worries as long as you catch it soon. If conditions are good go for it.

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Rebeka Hamilton
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Mileage discrepancy between AllTrails and my Apple Watch...my watch clocked me in at 9.11 miles. Either way great hike with stunning views of the lake!

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Joseph Hanisko
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Awesome hike, expect an interesting finish of the hike to the top unless you have been here before. Tip #1 messed with us a little as it suggested going to or almost to the falls before making the climb. I would say about 100-150yds after the main trail opens when you FIRST see the granite wall to the right you should look for a small switch back with “natural” steps in the granite that you can begin your climb. IF you hit a old wash out area you’ve gone too far. The angle to take to the top is upwards and to the left as you climb, avoid going too vertical too quick. Aim as if you were going to shoot for the top of the falls. When you get to the boulder field stay to the left edge as much as you can. You will hit the creek, where you can cross the beaver dam and then proceed to the lake. All in all, worth the effort and the climb!

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andrea dyson
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HikingGreat!Scramble

If you load up on blueberries you can make it to the top no problem.

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Juliette Haggith
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Hiked on 3 October 2020. Absolutely beautiful hike. The trialhead was very full, so we had to park a farther down the road. The trail is well marked at junctions. After getting onto the trail that goes up to Goat Lake, the trail went from dirt to steep rock. In some spots the trail went to looser gravel which would slip down as you tried to walk up it. We passed a fair amount of people on their way down; one was a family of 8 with all 6 kids looking under the age of 13, so it is a family friendly trail (please keep an eye on your kids on the scramble). Goat Lake was absolutely beautiful, and it was pretty empty while we were up there. Even in October there was still some ice on the lake, and we could see some fish swimming around. In total it took about 2.5 hours to hike up and just under 2 hours to hike down.

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janeth woodworth
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HikingGreat!

I went there for the first time to hike and did a SNRA clean up, the lake is so beautiful! About the last part with scramble rocks was not too bad, how was in one of the reviews below, with a good boots and a hiking poles you can make it.

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Nicole M
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

OMG!!! Excellent hike. As a flat lander, I definitely struggled with the scramble at times, but it was so worth the pain once you made it to the falls/lake. The tips are spot on, and we also noticed a small man made rock tower marking the start of the boulder field, definitely avoid that area. You can find some videos on YouTube that will also help you identify markers on the unmarked portion on trail. Pack light, start early, plan on closer to 5 miles each way after detours, and definitely bring your poles. We did this mid-week, mid-September and there was plenty of parking and only saw 3 other pairs of hikers. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a challenge.

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Richard Adams
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Jim Christian
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Bryan Ray
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I am 52 and in moderately good shape. This trail is hard but well worth the effort. Starts out deceptively easy till the trail splits to Goat late or Sawtooth lake. Soon after this the switchbacks start! OMG the calves told me to stop but I didn’t listen. They felt like they were going to burst into flames at any moment. Then you turn back and keep going uphill, trust me switchback doesn’t mean gently strolling uphill! Then you top a hill and think your going to get some relief, but this is FALSE hope. It gently rolls uphill and just when you feel confident about yourself and can start to see Goat Falls, which is beautiful, you come to “the rock scramble” others have described. HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD! This is no “slight scramble”. It is loose rock for miles and miles, at least it seemed to go on forever to me! The trail is barely there and basically you crawl on hands and knees uphill across the Sahara Desert except it is a vertical wall. Just when you are about to give up and scrawl your last will in the dirt you reach the top of the falls and immediately forget all the pain. Beautiful views and an easy stroll to the most beautiful lake you’ve ever seen, it had snow on the edge in September and the water is so clear you can see fish swimming about 10 feet deep. We rested for about an hour before hiking out. The hike down the scramble is even worse than the climb up. If we had rappelling ropes or skis we would have been ok but walking down was like descending 50 stories on loose gravel that made you slide as much as you stepped. If you could say Covid has slightly changed our daily activities then you could describe this as slightly steep. After surfing down you are rewarded with a downhill all the way hike of about 150 miles. Your knees and calves ache, your feet hurt, you hips refuse to move and you stagger back to the car. When you reach the trailhead and sit down all memories of the hike evaporate and you can’t believe how much you enjoyed it!!!!

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Nathan Bearden
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Backpacking

9/12/2020 - Pretty sweet scramble! Great challenge. Expect to hike closer to 4.5/5 miles (one way) if you don't know the trail very well. Would highly recommend leaving any amenities at home, you'll definitely want the lightest pack you can get. And consider hammocks for camping, not many good spots for tents. Air was a bit smokey the whole time. Also the forecast said the low at night would be 24°F, but I doubt it got anywhere near freezing (32°F) let alone 24°F. We had a rainfly on the tent and were quite comfortable the whole time, didn't even zip up the sleeping bags until like 6am.

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Grace McKay
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Whitney Hansen
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Definitely should do this trail in the morning. The last incline section is a steep scramble up a gravel slip-and-slide, which would be absolutely brutal to do in the hot sun. The first part of the trail is made up of some forested switch-back's, not too bad, and definitely worth it because you're avoiding the Sawtooth Lake crowd, but the incline at the end can be a little freaky for people that are scared of heights, and I would not recommend for children. The lake up top is 100% worth it, and coming down wasn't as scary as I expected.

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Mackenzie Gould
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Beautiful trail with a scramble towards the end!

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Chaselyn Rhinehart
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Juergen Sattler
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Danna Savage
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Gorgeous

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Connie S
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