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Goat Lake Trail is a 10.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 1,732 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

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Please also be aware that there have been reports of bear sightings in the area. This nice trail is very far into the woods. There is a rugged dirt road to the trailhead. Long steady incline with a couple of waterfalls and the views are great! Lake looks very mystic and in pristine condition, so please leave no trace.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass A vault toilet is available at the parking area.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Nation Forest Darrington District Tel: 360-691-7791

Go during a week day or go late Friday and stay the weekend. Camp sites fill quickly on the weekend during the summer season. Be careful around McIntosh Falls below the lake.  Many of the rocks are very slick in this area and a fall could be fatal. Watch all children closely.

From Granite Falls, head east on Mountain Loop Highway for 34.3 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 4080 and travel 1 mile to the trailhead at the end of the road.

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Peter Ide
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HikingBugsMuddy

Fun, relatively easy hike for experienced hikers. Waterfall was amazing. It was a little confusing a few hundred yards into the hike. You come to a split in the trail that says Upper Elliott and Lower Elliott. I could tell it confused another pair of hikers as well. This IS the Goat Lake trail. The Lower Elliott goes along the stream/river and is more scenic, whilst the upper seemed easier, flatter and in better condition. Round trip with 1/2 hr.-45 minutes at the lake was about 4.5 hours.

Chelsea Currier
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HikingMuddy

A new favorite hike! Round trip hiking took me 3 1/2 hours. No bears. Took upper Elliot on the way up and lower on the way down. Major pot holes on the road, I bottomed out on one of them.

Jordan McKamie
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Hiking

Not a bad hike, gain is gradual. Watch out for some potholes getting there. There’s a gorgeous waterfall about 0.5 miles from the lake where people have made an improvised trail to but the actual trail doesn’t go anywhere near which is surprising because it’s a nice size waterfall nearby.

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Teree Calaustro
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HikingBugsMuddy

Spent the night from July 3rd - July 4th. Arrived at the trailhead at 5:30 am. 8 cars were already there. Once we get back the next day, must have been over 50 cars tightly fitted everywhere. Not a very big parking lot. We took lower Elliot up and down because we just liked it down there. Super pretty! Not your typical mountain trail, more like a slight fairytale forest trail. It was definitely easier moderate. Overall flat, with spots of incline. Last 1 mile or so being a solid incline. We enjoyed not going up all incline for once. Great way to get some chill mileage. We enjoyed the trail a little more than the lake actually. The lake wasn’t too different than your typical PNW lake. Still enjoyed it though! There are a ton of designated camping spots. None on the lakeside unfortunately. But pretty close enough. There is an outhouse available. First time I’ve ever used one! There were maybe 3 other campers up there when we arrived, and when we left there must have been at least 20 others. Once we set up camp, we followed the rest of the trail alongside the lake to the end. Don’t even bother. After you pass the several initial openings, it’s just a super overgrown trail that does dies out and does not pay out or open up at all. Once you hit the lake, you’re good. Fish in the lake, we had no luck but we saw them very active with the late afternoon bugs, and saw others catch a few fish. Didn’t see any bears or sign of bears. Still made sure we cooked away from camp and stored our food elsewhere. Bathrooms are open. Trash service was not available . Would come here again !

Holly Harper
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HikingGreat!Muddy

- great LONG trail -took Lower to the Lake- mud, rocks, roots -view of stream whole way -waterfall if you go off trail just a tad. -come to a field of tall plants with white flowers and youll see the lake -decided to take Upper back. dumb bc I was alone and it was Longer and I was freaking myself out haha. ended up Running back! I was hot dripping sweaty by the time the parking lot was right there-bam! - I suggest Upper for trail runners as its soft dirt. - Lower for people strolling GREAT TRAIL! GREAT WORKOUT! follow me on FB...( Holly Bhamglam Harper)

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Jenni Carles
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HikingBugsMuddy
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Bethany Vandivort
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Hiked July 5th, 2020. Arrived to the trailhead by 9:15 AM and the parking lot was full and some cars had started to line the road on the right side. Took us 2 1/2 hours to get to the lake using the upper trail and then an hour to get down using the lower trail. The lower trail was much more scenic, showing more of the mountains and following a quite large rushing river. Lots of bugs, saw two snakes, and two toads. Jumped in the lake, which was refreshing. Cheers!

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Me Me
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HikingMuddy

amazing hike!

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Charis Weathers
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HikingGreat!

Went on July 4th. Had a later start than desired; arrived at 10:30am and had to park 0.3mi from trailhead. Was nervous about social distancing and all the people on the trail, but it actually felt fine as the trail is decently long and there are two routes - all of the many people were quite spread out on the trail. Most hikers had masks; those who didn't seemed awkward to not have one. Had read a review that the lake itself was busy so we found an awesome spot by the waterfall for a secluded lunch before continuing the climb to the lake. Lots of people at the lake; was challenging to find a spot next to the water. Never did find the privy in the camping area; hope it's available as a lot of people were camped. Took the lower trail both ways and loved the soft path and nearness to the river. Only small patches of mud on the lower trail.

Tegan Snyder
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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy
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William Vesneski
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HikingMuddyRocky

This is a nice trail. The upper trail is definitely much less muddy right now - but the lower trail is more interesting and follows the river. Overall, it’s an “easy” trail except for the last mile up to the lake, which is more work. As others have noted, the road has some major potholes.

Britt W.
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Hiking

So we did the hike in 3.5 hours round trip not including time at the lake. While I wouldn’t say this is the time you should use to gage how long it will take you, I will say I think it’s easier/ faster to hike up the upper trail and hike back down the lower trail along the river.

Ann Plyley
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great trail!! Just a lot wet and muddy today. Moderate pot holes in the road but easy to navigate around. The lake was beautiful and waterfalls were fast and fierce. Took 5 hours up and back with a lunch break. Restrooms are open

CHRIS S
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The almost 3 hour drive was totally worth it! Took lower trail and stopped many times finding outlooks over the river and other great finds. Went a little off trail on the ascent up to lake for multiple water falls, recommended! Lake was beautiful blue/green color, give yourself time around lake as you won't want to leave!

Chris Vanek
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biked upper to wilderness crossing, hiked in and explored the lake, nice setting with foggy and cadet peak

Grace Carey
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HikingBugsMuddy

My friends and I got to this trailhead at about 10:45am which is pretty late for us. Ended up having to parallel park on the street, which wasn’t a huge surprise. The road leading up to the trailhead has some pretty significant potholes. We were in a Subaru Forester and it did just fine. The hike itself was harder than I expected. We took the upper trail which I heard reviews it was more of a steady incline which is what we were in the mood for that day. Honestly, perfect recipe to destroy our legs. Didn’t feel hard going up but by the end of this hike we were all so sore. My iPhone calculated almost 12mi. Not sure if that’s accurate but it sure felt like it! Views were pretty, not sure if I’d do this hike again. It’s nice to cross it off the list but not super mind blowing either!

Hannah Barkley
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HikingGreat!

Hiked this trail yesterday. It's a very nice trail with a steady incline for the majority of the way then a bit of a steeper section right at the end. Took the lower trail on the way there and upper on the way back. The lower trail has more ups and downs whereas the upper has a more steady incline. Lots of mud still so hiking shoes are a must. We got to the trail around 10:30am and there was parking available along the road but lots of potholes on the way up. Beautiful lake!

Sylvia Cook
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Hiked 6/22/2020. Got to the trailhead at 9am and there was 1-2 spots in the actual lot. After that cars line the road. Still not crowded on a Monday. Especially since there are 2 different trails that diverge to get to the lake. I took the lower Elliot along the river going and came back on the upper Elliot. Both nice but I prefer the lower. The lake was spectacular, perfect bluebird sky day with minimal wind for those great reflection shots. Camping spots are available. Loved this hike!! A bit of mud in places but no snow. Lots of variety on the trail.

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