Goat Mountain Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,242 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
1 month ago

October 14, 2018: Trail starts off through endless, viewless switchbacks through the forest. The trees eventually give way, but so do the switchbacks! Well above treeline the trail just goes straight up; it's like the trail builders said screw this. Saw a bunch White-Tailed Ptarmigans stomping around on the snow field just before the summit. Gorgeous views, with Shuksan and Baker fairly close.
No snow yet.

2 months ago

9-10-18 The sign at the trailhead says 3.2 to the top, however the top is not the top but more half way, there is another 3 miles to the actual summit. Took us 6 hours to hike. According to our Fitbit it was 13 miles Round trip . It was raining and not too slippery absolutely beautiful and lots of blueberries and huckleberries!! Absolutely a must do hike. Will do again on a nicer day. Pack warm clothes!!!

camping
3 months ago

We love this trail soo much! Beautiful view at our campsite already and the view at the peak just surpassed it!!! We went to the peak just a bit lower next to Goat peak as we didnt feel comfortable crossing this sliding patch of snow by the end. But we saw 98% of the 360 view from that peak and 10% from another angle and was happy with that.

hiking
3 months ago

Easily my most favorite hike in the North Cascades. Message me if you have any questions.

hiking
4 months ago

Snow Starts on the relatively easy to follow ridge from 5100ft to the switchback at 5700. From there, the traverse is in good condition until you get to about 5900 and take the "right" up to the summit....which is a steep, consolidated snow slope. Snowpack would have been good for crampons + iceaxe in the morning, but I turned back at this point. Wildflowers and birds were everywhere, and the views are wonderful on the way down. Great early season recommendation by the Glacier Glacier Public Service Center Rangers.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

The road to the trail head has a large patch of snow covering it still which our low clearance car couldn’t take so we walked the 2.4 miles to the trail head. The majority of the road is dry though. The trail is beautiful, quite steep then hits a lot of snow around 3500 ft. We followed someone’s trail through the snow but lost them at around 4100. Since we weren’t familiar with the trail we turned around. We probably were close to the clearing but snowshoeing started to become more difficult as the snow was very soft and we would slide on steeper sections. We then attempted to go to the old lookout but also too snowed in and didn’t see a trail. All in all it was a lot of fun, our first time snowshoeing on a trail like this.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Trail is in good condition and no snow even on the last scramble.

All Trails and WTA list both the distance and elevation change different from one another. Be prepared for 11 mile round trip with 4000 feet of elevation change if you want to finish this trail.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

I wanted to head up to Mt Baker for a mid week hike and I called the Galcier Service Center and said I was looking for a tough hike with no special gear required that would take me to a high elevation. This hike was a perfect match. YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY UP THOUGH! Apparently the maintained trail ends at about 5100' and its a great view. The hike is mostly in a nice forest with a very nice trail. Then you pop out and start to see the sky. This section is really overgrown and if there happens to be any rain you will be soaked just from the contact of the brush. The hike to this point is about three out of five starts. For that five start experience you should continue to the top, which you think you might see but its actually hiding just behind that peak.

After the maintained trail ends there is some snow on the trail but where its flat and the trail is easy to find. Out footprints going were already hard to see on the return down. After about 15 minutes of hiking from the 5100' level the trail takes you into a valley and there is a crossing where there is a small section of no snow to cross, even though we did cross where there was snow. There are a few switchbacks then the trail goes straight up to the left side of the ridge that you can see. On this ridge you now see Yellow Aster Butte and Winchester Mountain. There are total 360 degree views. Once you reach this ridge its just a casual walk compared to what you just climbed to the summit.

In about 20 minutes you will be on the top of Goat Mountain. This part if very flat and a great place to relax.

Overall, all you need is water, sunblock and poles and some confidence to make this hike a great journey. I think it took about four hours up with a stop for lunch and photos and about three hours down for a total of seven hours RT. This hike has some incredible photo opportunities so make sure you dont miss anything.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

NF-32 is passable in a sedan, but go slowly to avoid potholes. The trail is in good condition but be prepared for snowfields below the summit. There are several minor creek crossings but all offer dry passings. Be mindful to stay on trail during the final extremely steep push to the summit. It is very easy to mistake the higher and closer peak on the right as the trail summit. However, this peak quickly becomes inaccessible due to brush and loose rock.

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

The gravel road to the trailhead has some deep potholes, but nothing a sedan can't either handle slowly or navigate around. Parking was no problem, although I arrived at almost 3pm on a Wednesday. The fully-maintained trail does start steep, moderate for a bit, then steepen up again. The last 100 yards were the greatest challenge with melting snow, mud and muddy terrain on the steepest incline of the trek. We didn't fully summit because there was enough snow and wind to make it dangerous. Views were spectacular with most of the major peaks in sight. Clouds covered the rest. Plenty of meltwater waterfalls along the way to keep the dog cool and hydrated. I'd say maybe every 10-15min she got a drink, because most of the trail switchbacks through the streams.

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

This is the Goat Mountain trail north of Mt Baker, not Goat Lake as described in another review and it is something like 11 miles round trip to reach the actual summit. The official trail ends on the ridge around 5100ft and was still snow covered this weekend but is melting quickly. I continued on from the ridge and made it to just below the west summit and enjoyed some great views of surrounding peaks. The scramble above the main lookout ridge became pretty steep and narrow in places with several snow crossings but offers some great views.

hiking
Friday, August 09, 2013

Loved this hike, did it about a year ago. It has two trail options and I recommend taking the Lower Elliott trail on the way up as it runs along the river and you can see the mini falls. Take the Upper Elliott on the way back as it has some view points that are great later in the day. There is nothing difficult although you do cross a couple creeks they were low enough in early July to hop from rock to rock. There are camp grounds when you reach the lake. The lake opens up to a gorgeous view of the mountain peak sticking up. Bugs were minimal and trail was relatively empty early on the weekend. On the way down it was becoming busier so if you want seclusion head out early morning. I took my dog and it was good hike for him with nothing to challenging.

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