Goat Lake Trail

MODERATE 182 reviews
#2 of 85 trails in

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 days ago

10 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Love the view! Long but easy, mainly flat trails. Waterfalls along the upper trials are a plus. A lot of space to relax, unwind & take in the amazing lake.

hiking
23 days ago

24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Pros:
- Mid way the trial is relatively flat and easy
- Dog friendly
- Waterfall pit-stop

Cons:
- A lot of bugs (highly recommend bringing good bug repellent)
- We couldn't find the lake because we lost the trail after the waterfall
- First and last part of the hike has a lot of climb

Overall for someone like me who has only hiked twice this summer this was a decent hike. It was a little disappointing not getting to the end but we were still satisfied with the waterfall. Our black lab definitely enjoyed himself at the waterfall. I would go again just so I can reach the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail , did the hike this morning with my wife . It was a fantastic experience

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great spot, a well used trail. Watch for the mice at the campsite and in the carpark. They will get into your car if there is anything edible in there. Same goes for the campsite, use a sealed container as they will chew through bags etc. even when hung.

hiking
2 months ago

camping
2 months ago

great hike went up Thursday left my car unlocked with nothing in it no problems. really clean outhouse at the trail head took the lower trail and it was nice follows the river. cross a few streams. near the end the trail gets a little steep for the last mile but not too bad about 4 or 5 switchbacks and you're there. pretty waterfall, beautiful lake, nice
camping area and toilets. bugs were minimal but I used bug spray anyway. clear sky under the stars and the moon lit up the lake too

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was killer! What a wonderful day we had! The worst part was the flies, they were so bad and irritating, especially at the edge of the lake! The water was SO chill and refreshing though, I jumped in 3 times! :) Ran in to about 10 groups throughout the day, everyone was super great and my pups were off leash the whole time, we only saw 1 other dog and they all played, it was nice! At the first split we took the lower falls trail and found out it's a lil faster! You come to the falls first and they are gorgeous and powerful! Right up the hill a few hundred more feet is the stunning lake! It's Aug 6th and the Canadian fires are burning bad, so the air was very smokey, but made for eerie pics! Loved this hike, took us 6 hours round trip at a moderate speed, stopping of course to eat berries and let the dogs dip in to the river spots and cool down, then about a good hour at the lake! :)

Pretty easy hike and nice camp sites. Downside, a lot of rodents.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

First impression. I went there to a day hiked like a couple month ago maybe June something. I would love to go back there again for camping someday in this month,Waterfall is amazing. And lake is gorgeous.