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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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Amy Friedman
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HikingGreat!

Pretty easy going hike. Lots of bugs. Potholes were tough on my Mazda, drive slow. Towards the end didn’t see correct path and ended up veering off and maneuvering towards the water falls. Had to go straight up until got back on path. Follow the rocky section and you will stay on path! Took lower Elliot up to catch all the waterfalls and upper Elliot back. Way down was boring and felt alittle long but the hike up was easy and the lake was breath taking. Some snow on Mountain View too on a hot day. Went on Thursday, pretty quiet. A few folks not wearing masks, not sure why. Mask up people!

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Tamrat Tesma
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It’s nice no crowded I like it

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Hans Frederick
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Jennifer Watson
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyRocky

Did this on Labor Day as a day hike. Dirt/Gravel road that leads to the trail head is about 2.2 miles and full of potholes, use caution, very manageable in an SUV but some small cars may bottom out. We started the hike around 10:30am and bugs were pretty mild. We took the lower loop in and back out as recommended and enjoyed the views it offered. When the trails have merged and you are just about to the "incline" portion of your hike, take the side trail to the waterfall, it's worth your time! You'll have to duck under and or go over some fallen trees but nothing too strenuous. The incline of the trail is a bit bumpy but nothing too intense and very close to the lake. Easy to moderate trail, even a chihuahua hiked this trail! Take your time and enjoy the views and crisp air as the leaves are beginning to fall! We saw many camping and would love to come back to camp here!

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John Clark
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HikingBugsGreat!

Beautiful Lake, lots of people. The trail is nice and the woods are amazing. Go in the Fall to avoid the crowds.

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Amanda Profitt
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HikingGreat!

Via lower Elliot trail and up to Goat lake was pretty sparse of people and bears thankfully. Bugs were mild in the morning. The lake itself was a little foggy but the sun came out just as we were leaving. Moderate trail with most of the incline at the end.

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Bre Shanklin
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Bring bug spray and inflatable floaties for the lake and you’ll have the best time!

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John Wallace
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Hiked this with our dog on 1 September. Got there around 10am. Not many hikers. We have a sedan and was able to maneuver around the potholes. We took the upper Elliot trail to Goat lake and the lower Elliot trail heading back. I suggest doing the opposite. The lower trail is along the river and the small waterfalls are beautiful. Once at the main waterfall... breathtaking. Be careful on the rocks, very slippery. There were many photo opportunities and Instagram shots as well. The hike was worth it and the views were amazing. We didn’t see a lot of wildlife although there are bear warning posted everywhere.

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Eliot Martin
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HikingGreat!

stick to lower elliot creek trail and make it an out and back. the upper trail is about ten minutes longer and not as scenic. beautiful trail goes through many biomes. stunning peaks in the backdrop. gorgeous falls and a stunning lake at the top. put in Google's address because the alltrails address is wrong and you won't have a signal out there.

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Bj Reygers
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Zack Wilkins
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Alex Deng
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CampingGreat!

Arrived Sunday around 11 am. We camped for one night and there were plenty of sites. We only had one other neighbor Sunday night. The lake was gorgeous! The bugs were not bad at all. I think the rainy weather from the days before may have helped with that. We were able to swim, although it was pretty chilly. We took lower Elliot on the way up and upper Elliot on the way down. Lower Elliot was prettier in my opinion and a bit shorter than upper Elliot. Overall great trip!

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Chris Chiu
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Spencer Rawls
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HikingGreat!

It's a bumpy dirt road to the trailhead, but well worth it for hike. There are river rapids, waterfalls, lots of pretty forestry and meadows, and glorious mountain and lake views at the top. I'm excited to go back and camp by the lake. Bugs weren't bad in midday, but they were getting worse as I was leaving.

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Cindy Lao
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Saturday, 9:30am arrival The mountain loop highway was a single road and got windy in some areas. The last 2 miles or so, the road was narrow and dusty, leaving us wondering if we’re going the right way. At the base the road diverges to the right with a goat lake trail sign, but it was super narrow and looked like it could only fit one car so I was really dubious. I drove the car up at a turtle speed and honestly idk what I could’ve done if another car was coming down but thankfully that didn’t happen. There were big potholes but it was fine for our suv. We took the lower elliot (right) both ways and it was all shaded and pretty flat. I think the only reason why this is rated medium is because of the length. It’s not technical at all but I just wanted to be done coming down with 2 miles left. We passed a couple groups of people on the lower elliot and significantly more people when the trails converged. Didn’t run into very many people surprisingly coming down the lower elliot. Honestly i was a bit disappointed by the view of the lake. It was kinda anticlimactic. We sat by the lake for lunch and got swarmed by bugs. Despite wearing bug spray I was swatting away bugs constantly by the lake and coming back down. The lake was green and looked muddy by the bank with swarms of bugs flying above so it just looked eh. Never mind swimming. Although we got to higher ground and the lake looked a lot bluer and nicer.

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Desi Martinez
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Lovely views of the lake and water fall. The bugs were awful on my way towards the lake, after you've passed the sign. Would definitely recommend bringing a high clearance car or truck as we bottomed out on the first divit. But if you drive extremely slow and try to go around as much as possible it's not as bad.

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Viktor Strelyuk
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Shiv Shetty
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Distance is a bit longer coz I lost the way a bit. FYI, you aren't supposed to cross Macintosh falls (if you go that direction); steep trail upwards to the left is the one to take. Watching the sun rise up the mountain from the rocks on the west side of the lake is a pretty cool sight.

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Riley Gann
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Gloria A
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Bring a lot of bug spray and food. Beautiful lake and hike! Definitely enjoyed the lower hike

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Samara Mejia
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HikingBugs

Well maintained and clean!

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Enrique Maradona
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Nature tripsGreat!

Nice quality hike. Just need a higher car or suv going to the trailhead

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Courtney Yaggi
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Beautiful lake! Saw a black bear about .25 miles from the trail head. No mosquitos, not too many people. Great trail.

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Anthony Dimico
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HikingBugsGreat!

An amazing hike with spectacular views during and at the end. I took the lower trail up and the upper down. I definitely think that made a difference for me. The waterfall near the top was breath taking, but you have to work a little to get to it. I did this on a Sunday at about 2 PM. The place was packed, but everyone was heading back, so by the time I got to the lake, there was only about 3 couples near the lake, which was really nice.

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