Goat Peak Lookout Trail

HARD 9 reviews

Goat Peak Lookout Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mazama, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
1420 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking



wild flowers



Hike to the Goat Peak fire lookout overlooking Mazama and the upper Methow valley.

1 day ago

Excellent day hike close to Winthrop township, completed in mid-June. Some snow up around 6,900+ feet, but only in light patches and it didn't exceed 1 foot deep. No special gear was needed. We completed this hike very comfortably in 3 hours. The trail rewards you with excellent views halfway up, and a stellar overlook at the top. The beginning is mild, the middle section is a steep slog, and it ends with a mild graded finish towards the top. Great hike!

7 months ago

Great short hike!

11 months ago

Wild flowers are in bloom and still snow on the upper trail

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It was a great shorter hike for viewing larch trees in October. A little icy in parts when I was there on 10/9 so trekking poles were of help. Once you reach the ridge there are very nice views of the Cascades in every direction as you make the final push for the lookout. Roads to the TH were in pretty good shape.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Did this on 7/6/16. Long and bumpy drive to the trailhead, but doable in any passenger car. Don't miss the overlook about 2/3 of the way up. The first 1/2 of the trail is steep, but gives nice views when not in the forest--and wild flowers! The second half of the trail is even steeper, but don't despair. The view at the lookout is amazing. As one of the few manned fire lookouts in the area, this one is normally garrisoned by Lightening Bill, but he wasn't there the day we hiked it. I hear he's a great guy to chat with.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Beautiful trail that starts nice and high. We hit snow about 1/2 up the trail. Last 600-700 ft was snow trail straight up. Coming back down the snow was a little punchy from the heat but fine. Without snow this seems like a steep but totally doable hike. With snow (north facing slope) the. Route finding is needed, especially near the ridge line.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Challenging hike with great pay-off views at the top. The snow levels were quickly dropping as the weekend progressed, so it looks like the hiking season is coming to a sharp end for most. Time to strap on the skis!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Steep, short hike to fire lookout atop Goat peak in the North Cascades. Lots of snow still on the trail today made for slow going, but the views were spectacular.

8 months ago