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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.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 275 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

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forest

lake

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2 months ago

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

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3 months ago

Easy trail. Nice view of the mountain.

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washed out
5 months ago

Did this today. Trail is severely eroded in many places and literally gone in others. The end portion of the trail was nonexistent (possibly due to the big storms we've had recently). Overall, this is a really cool area but the trail need some serious love. I saw a large herd of elk and I imagine this area gets pretty active with wildlife in the early hours. The road is choppy, but passable. I did it in a Prius just fine.

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5 months ago

This app tells you to take road 83, but I found on the way out that road 81 is better (less pothole, more cement road) and shorter. If coming from I5, it is right before the rest stop at Cougar. trailhead is only for 2 cars, so you might have to park somewhere on the side of the road. go down the trail until you get to the ravine (dried up when we went). Go to the left about 10 feet and then cross. you will see a sign through the bushes where the trail continues on. once you get to the marsh, you wont see the mountain until you walk around to the other side of it.

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bugs
6 months ago

June 2019. Fun little hike with decent views of the mountain. Trail entrance is slightly confusing, as there are no markers indicating you have to cross the small ravine which was a little difficult with my older dog to do. Also to note, the gravel road to get to trailhead is a bit rough and filled with tons of holes, so you have to take the last 3 miles there pretty slow. Bugs get a little intense as you get closer to the water.

hiking
Tue Jun 19 2018

Wonderful short day hike offering plenty of views of Mt. St. Helens and a plethora of wildflowers. The large old growth Noble firs are spectacular and create a beautifully ominous backdrop to the crystal clear water of Goat Marsh. Don't forget to bring your bugs spray.

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Sat Jun 02 2018

What an awesome hike. My trip on May 31 was free of snow and the trail was in great shape. Not a lot of climbing... a pleasant forest stroll with some jaw dropping views of the volcano describes it well. Blue Lake Trail is really close by as well!

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Sun Nov 26 2017

Couldn’t quite make it to the trailhead with my 7 year old and 9 year old. It was too steep for them from the parking area. Instead we hiked south to the river and along the Kalama snow trail. It was nicely marked and we had a good time. The mileage for this trail doesn’t include the mile you have to hike to the trailhead.

Sun Jul 30 2017

Fun little hike

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Sun Jul 16 2017

Easy hike with the family. Gorgeous views of the mountain.

Thu Jul 06 2017

Very beautiful all family trail

Sun Apr 17 2016

I love this trail. I'd recommend bringing snowshoes during April and May as there is 1-2 feet of snow throughout the trail. There are trail markers. They are blue diamonds 8 feet up on the trees. but they are not consistent. To go to the trailhead to have to walk about 1/4 mile and stay right. but the trailhead to the trailhead is impassable by snow right now unless you have a 4x4 truck with snow tires. the trailhead is well marked. at the end of the trail, there are many downed trees. they can be crossed if you're committed but you're not missing out if you don't. there is a significant beaver dam part way through. you'll know it when you see it. great trail. beware of goat poop.

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Sun Dec 26 2010

I love this hike i come here 2 or 3 times a year, And the elk are always there it seems like.....

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1 month ago

recorded Goat Marsh

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4 months ago

recorded Goat Marsh

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Tue May 26 2015