Goat Lake Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 793 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

Note: Users have reported that the road leading to the trailhead has been closed due to a landslide. There are 2 or 3 Goat Lakes in Washington. This is the only one with an epic view of Mt. Rainier in the Glacier View Wilderness area. It is an easy hike through meadows and forest.

hiking
1 hour ago

With road washed out to normal trailhead directions; consider when Mt. Rainier National Park opens at Nisqually entrance to take westside road hike to Lake George to Goat Lake instead. About 4.9 miles to Lake George from westside road gate. Then 1.6 miles to enjoy Gobblers Knob lookout. Then, back to saddle junction turn to Goat Lake for 1 mile hike to Goat Lake. Have not heard when the washed out forest service road is planned to be repaired for normal access to goat lake via Glacier View Wilderness.

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washed out
22 days ago

Road is washed out right after the highway. Trailhead not accessible per these directions.

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closed
washed out
22 days ago

The road to the trail is completely gone. A landslide has taken out about 200 feet of road with no way of going around. This is maybe a half mile from the start of the road.

snow
4 months ago

We tried going today 1/18 and the road had deep snow. We have a 4WD SUV and couldn't go in. I wouldn't recommend right now for anyone who doesn't have a truck.

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rocky
snow
8 months ago

We started out when it was clear & cold, ended overcast & warm enough that ice & snow melt made some of the trail pretty sloppy. Lake is beautiful.

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bugs
9 months ago

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bugs
10 months ago

Great midway camp spot (we were heading to Gobblers) on clear lake. Mosquitos bad but we were prepared with head nets and long sleeves which made it tolerable. Limited camp spaces. Don’t miss a hike up to Gobblers on a clear day for spectacular view of Mt. Rainier - not to miss!!!!

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10 months ago

Wicked bad mosquitoes, and I wasn’t properly prepared. Wish I had been, it looked beautiful. On a clear day, the views would be stunning. I’ll be back, on a clear day, with repellant.

camping
11 months ago

enjoyable hike, not too difficult terrain. some very occasional small snow patches, and one creek crossing. we set up camp then went to the lookout at Gobbler's knob then came back to camp for dinner

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Sat May 11 2019

Unable to get to the trailhead due to snow on the road probably a mile or two out from the trailhead. :-)

Hiked this 2 days ago. The road is washed out about 1/2 mile from the trailhead (coming from Packwood area) but is an easy walk in. The trail itself is beautiful and green for the spring. It has a few steep ups and downs but they are split up by rolling flats.

Mon Sep 04 2017

great trail, beautiful walk, bugs not too bad right now.

Sat Aug 12 2017

Nice hike, only takes 2 or 3 hours and the lake is beautiful. Down side is with the meadows there is a ton of bugs and the trail is very wooded so not a lot of views.

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Tue Aug 08 2017

These directions do not pan out. Never found the trailhead

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Wed Sep 21 2016

I've done the Lake Christine Trail several times and decided to come in from the other direction (never done the 267). Started out at #267 TH and went right to the 249/248 junction and followed 249 to Lake Christine. This trail is listed as moderate but actually is somewhere between moderate and easy. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. To get to the TH follow FS59 to the top of the ridge (beautiful view of Mt Rainier) and follow it around the bluff to the right to the end, TH is on right and well marked, if you turn right before the bluff you will encounter a road that has numerous washouts and will challenge any high clearance/4WD vehicles, anything else will get stuck. I have always loved this area for it's beauty and solitude. During warm weather you need bug juice, but today the temp was high 30's to mid 40's, so very few bugs.

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Fri Jul 01 2016

So I'm going to explain how to actually find the trail because we lost hope a few times. Once you turn onto the unpaved road with the excessive amount of pot holes, you stay on it for a good 6-7 miles. While on this road enjoy all the scenic views, it's quite beautiful. You'll reach a peak where Mt. Rainier is perfectly in front of you, we took advantage and took some photos because we thought we were lost and were going to quit. After your photos, you will notice it forks, just remain left. You'll continue another mile or two down this miserable road and then you'll arrive to the dead end where the trails are located to the right. So, this trail will take you to two different trails, Glacier View to the Left, or Puyallup Trail 248 to the Right. To go to Goats Lake take PT248. The other trail has a lot more incline and is a tad bit more difficult. Once you've gone right, you will walk for about a mile and a half and then the path will fork. The right way goes into a marshy plain and the left has a creek you would have to cross. You're crossing that creek because there's no way around the clearing without getting even more wet, we wasted like 10 minutes trying to find a way. Make sure to bring: bug repellant, water, a change of shoes/socks, preferably waterproof shoes or hiking. Not tennis shoes because you will slip and be screwed when you cross the creek. Beware of: mud, water, a lot of bugs, and wild animals because we came across what we think were bear tracks in that marshy field. Overall it was beautiful, it's just super unkept and not having signs can get annoying without any cell service to try and see where to go.

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Mon Jun 27 2016

this was a great hike. we followed the down loaded map from all trails and didn't go the wrong way. very neat rustic trails. maybe should be listed as moderate, it does get pretty steep on the way back. the lake is great. the peeks you get of rainier are breath taking.

hiking
Sun Jun 28 2015

Something needs to be made VERY clear before you get on this trail and make the wrong turn. Once you come up the TH to a trail sign, It splits to the left and the right. If you want Goat Lake Trail you need to go right to Puyallup Trail 248. It is easy, and minimal elevation gain. If you go left, it is to Glacier View, a moderate trail, that is more of a climb than a hike. Neither page makes this clear, we went yesterday and assumed Glacier View was the way to go. Big mistake. Couldn't figure out why a 300 foot elevation gain touted here was so brutal...yea, because it wasn't 300 feet. Wrong trail. So take heed!!! The FSR coming in is fuuuuuull of potholes. The entrance is a gravel road undercut to the cement, you can't see it coming in, and if you come in quickly in a car, you will smack your undercarriage, go slow. Honestly the vantage after you're mostly to the TH is amazing. A full view of the valley and Mt. Rainier. Beautiful. That alone made up for the crappy directions on this website for the correct trail to take. No permit is required. There is a sign in point at at the TH start with pack tags that you are required to have. Beware the mosquitoes. They are abundant and big. We will update the rating once we get to complete the correct trail. Rating is currently based on horrible information. Oh and leash your dogs people!! Twice in two weeks that my (leashed!!) dog has once, nearly been attacked by an unleashed Rottweiler, and had teeth put on her by an unleashed Shar-Pei. Next unleashed dog allowed to run up to my leashed dog is getting maced.

Mon Jun 22 2015

The directions feature in the alltrail map is wrong as far as I can tell. It takes you to the glacier view hike (which is breathtaking).

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Mon Jun 08 2015

Goat Lake trail is the first hike I've done since moving up to Washington from Oregon and it was amazing!!! What a view. It took my boyfriend and I 2.5 hours to get to the too using the upper trail and about the same on the way back using the lower trail. The lower trail definitely has more to see since it parallels the river but the upper trail was nice too. Definitely recommend making a day trip out of this because you will want to spend a good amount of time at the top near the lake and the massive waterfall that you can practically walk right up to. So beautiful.

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Sat May 02 2015

INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF RANIER. AND INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF MOSQUITOS... Goat lake IS an awesome little hike with views of Rainier while you drive to the trailhead. The trail is FULL of bugs. DO NOT go without bug spray like we did. The last mile back was just before sun down, so we had to run because there were so many devil mosquitos.

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Thu Jul 18 2013

p.s. I give it 4 1/2 stars.

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Mon Aug 29 2011

This trail had numerous trees across it and the Mosquitos nearly carried us off. The road in is nine miles of potholes, but the Rainier view is incredible!

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