Goat Marsh is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Length2.4 miElevation gain275 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingForestLake
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Don Rose
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We went up the Kalama Ski trail to Goat marsh lake, down Blue Horse and return on Toutle trail. Very nice. Some snow on upper Kalama ski and Blue Horse trails.

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Cara Calzadilla
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Nice trail, easy for kids. Beautiful views of the mountain.

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Angela Schaefer
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Chris Anderson
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Christina Markin
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HikingGreat!IcyWashed out

Visited the Goat Marsh Lakes Saturday 10/31/2020 beautiful area. Trailhead parking only enough for two vehicles, no bathrooms here. Trail is a mile or two long but there is a washout on the trail. The road in is rough but I believe passable, although I don't know if you would want to drive it if you have a low clearance vehicle. This trail is not handicap accessible. Minus the small washout, this trail would be great for small children. This is if you start via forrest road 8123. You can also get here from kalama horse camp although the hike is more long. This time of year the lakes were small and frozen over partially. Torwards the end of the trail, the trail narrows and is close to the lake so I opted not to finish it as it was a cold morning, the ground was frozen and I did not want to fall in the frigid waters. The meadows, mountains, views and fall folliage here are well worth the visit. Be aware though if you do visit in October hunters are present. I saw 2 on trail on my way out.

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Mark Alvick
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No parking lot. Just a small pull off where the ski trail crosses the FS road. Head up the ski trail on the left (north?) side of the road. It will swing around and cross the river bed. The Goat Marsh trail will veer off the ski trail. There is a sign. Very secluded easy hike in the woods with lots of mushrooms. Just wish we were more educated on what to pick. Also saw elk droppings.

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Kelly Rozario
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HikingGreat!

Our GPS led us to the ski parking lot, so we ended up hiking an extra mile through the river bed, which was perfect. We never saw the trailhead parking lot and it remains a mystery. Gorgeous hike!!

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Chris Thobaben
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Easy trail for an out and back. Only saw two people. Southern pool was dry.

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Erica Leite
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I pulled off at the ski parking lot where the horse trail starts and meets up with the trailhead. I didn’t see that there was a road up to the trailhead. The trail had loads of fallen trees on the path but easy to navigate through & was beautiful! The view of Mt St Helen from across the field was breathtaking at sunset. We had to do a bit of a trail run to get back to the car before it was pitch black out. The first lake on the trail has very little water left. No bugs Not many wildflowers but still quite beautiful.

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Behzad Ahmadi
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Easy, peaceful and fun. Be mindful of a very limited unpaved section of the road.

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Shane Burrus
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Lisa Hokanson
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Becky Hibbs
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Nice and secluded but a tad confusing at the start of the trail Breathtaking views of Mt St Helens Lots of water activity with fish and salamander, water lilies galore Fresh Elk droppings

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Rick Brooks
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Nice trail. Beautiful scenery. Good view of St Helens across a large marsh.

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David Coan
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This was a nice little trail. Kinda isolated but the directions from the app lead right to it. Once on the trail we didn’t encounter a single person. I brought my elderly dog, she doesn’t move as well as she used to but this was easy for her too. The drive up there is super pretty too.

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Caitlin Sanders
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This was a great little trail, the view of the mountain was gorgeous. I went early on a Saturday so there weren’t too many people. The trailhead is right on a gravel road so I imagine it doesn’t see as much traffic as some of the other trails.

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Misha Daun Smith
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HikingBlowdown

Great hike, there was a lot a debris along the trail, but just follow the trail it’s well worth the hike. Easy for kids, flat & & scenic.

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Steve Devlin
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Elk ran over to get whole herd Great view of mt St. Helens Perfect weather for janet and LM hike

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Charity Walkins
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A quick easy trail, good for all stages of life. I definitely recommend the hike for a remarkable view of St. Helens.

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Brenda Wilson
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HikingBlowdown

This was a very beautiful hike. Very easy, we did it with 4 kids one on my back. When you reach the creek cross and continue according to the sign. The drive to the trail head is on a dirt road with pot holes.

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Emily Reynolds
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Stunning views, make sure to go on a clear day. Easy to get to in any vehicle. Cross the dry creek bed, do not follow it! 6/22/20

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Amanda Durette
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Kate Adams
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HikingMuddyOff trailRocky

It took us about 1.0 miles to even get to the start of the trail which was at a very steep incline. After getting to the trail there were many fallen trees that make it difficult to continue on the path. Although there were very pretty views of the marsh, the hike was a quite rocky. If you have hiking poles, you’ll want them for this hike.

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Joela Jones
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Perfect hike for a couple 40 something girls who love to stop and take pictures and sip whiskey ;-) hey now! don’t judge, we’ve done monitor ridge and table mountain, we are just getting slightly less ambitious! LOL there are some very rewarding and show stopping views of the mountain over the lake. Lots of open space to picnic, not too brushy at all. There were mushrooms and trillium. The description here doesn’t mention the first 1/4 mile is horse trail, Kalama Snow trail. At the end of the 1/4 mile the junction with Goat Marsh trail was obscured with snow and a washout...the wide trail stops at a small ravine and we couldn’t see a trail ahead or any marker. We crossed the ravine straight ahead and found the trail sign on the other side. LOTS of fallen trees on the horse trail and still many crusty melting snow drifts. Trekking poles over the snow were kinda nice. There are blue trail markers along much of the trail but not all. Lasting impression, next time I will plan to bring a hammock and chill with a book by one of the lakes. If you want to take some breathtaking photos, this is a spot! Currently the mountain is completely blanketed in snow. Cheers! May the wind be always at your back. Road conditions: cars use caution but go for it Trail condition: a few washed out spots but its not gonna kill you

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Steve Devlin
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45 deg and breezy. Clear views of St. Helens. And two beautiful ponds in the marsh

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Jacob Emery
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Nice trail with great views of Mt St Helens and marsh.

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