Goat Lake Trail

MODERATE 121 reviews
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Goat Lake Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

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.

hiking
9 minutes ago

Hiked this on June 22, it was a sunny clear day and the view of the lake was insane. Would highly recommend this trail. Check out the photos

hiking
22 hours ago

hiking
2 days ago

Stunning views from the lake. The lower trail is very muddy in places with more up and down than the upper trail, but it follows the stream and is more interesting. Overall this was a great hike.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Couldn't ask for a better hike for my 28th birthday. The water is as cold as it looks but a quick dip felt amazing!

hiking
8 days ago

The lake is beautiful, pictures do not do it justice! This is a fairly easy hike that's worth the view. The lower trail is super muddy, but runs right along a river. The upper trail gives you glimpses of some gorgeous mountain face views, but leaves you wanting more. Overall, it is a solid hike.

10 days ago

the view is breathtaking! I didn't wanna leave ! Lol

10 days ago

We took lower Elliott up and upper Elliott down. That worked out very good for us. Lots of great rushing water views on the way up and all of the waterfalls on the way down. The old forest cedar trees were amazing. Trail was in decent condition. Lots of muddy areas and small creeks so waterproof shoes were good to have. The lake was beautiful even though we had partial visibility of the peaks due to cloudy weather.

backpacking
11 days ago

11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Great, easy hike with a beautiful view of the lake and waterfalls, but I would not recommend taking the Lower Trail anytime soon. We took to upper trail there and came back on the lower as others had recommended. It was extremely muddy on 6/11 and very slippery. It runs by the river for part of the way but you aren't missing anything by skipping it except for lots of squishing.

backpacking
15 days ago

17 days ago

The trail itself is fairly uneventful (and I know I am spoiled) but the lake and the area around it is absolutely amazing and gorgeous.

hiking
18 days ago

The road to get to the trailhead is mostly well-paved, but the last few miles are a gravel road. Take your time if you're driving a non-SUV.

I took lower Elliot up and upper Elliot down. Lower Elliot is shorter and takes you along a river. Upper Elliot is longer, wider, and takes you past waterfalls.

Soon after the two converge, there's a side trail to see a waterfall. It's worth it.

The lake itself is nice and cold. Overall, a good, easy hike. I'd take my mother on it.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

The first few miles are easy going, then turns to increased incline. We took Upper Elliot, take the time to enjoy the waterfalls and stream crossings along the way. Beautiful lake with an awesome view.

hiking
19 days ago

19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful lake

hiking
21 days ago

Did this hike on Memorial Day, got there around 8:00am parking lot was full, took lower Elliot to go up and upper Elliot to come down. If I go back again I will take lower Elliot for both because it is very beautiful. Upper Elliot is long and not as pretty as lower. Moderate hike with some elevation gain. Northwest forest pass required. 4-5 miles road before trailhead is gravel road with small potholes but passable. View if lake is mind blowing, such a beautiful hike.