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Goat Peak Lookout Trail

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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.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,420 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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

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21 days ago

This trail is not 3.3 miles as noted by All Trails... it is 2.5 miles in and 2.5 miles out. Because of its steepness, it took me 2 hours in and 2 out. The Lookout is locked. Beautiful views.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Took approx 40-45 min up (going at a solid pace), and about 25 down. Very scenic at the top. Beautiful field of wild flowers along the way. Went up around 7:30 a.m. and was definitely a bit chilly in the shade. Would recommend bringing a long sleeve to wear as needed. Really enjoyed this hike.

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3 months ago

This was a steep and challenging hike for me who is just getting back into hiking but the end views were totally worth it. We went on an overcast day, some bugs but not terrible and a light breeze at the top. Views 360 degrees at 7000 foot elevation was awesome! You’re not able to go up into the lookout but you don’t need to in order to see the sights. Tons of wildflowers were blooming too!

3 months ago

Loved this hike! A little bit of everything. Wildflowers were gorgeous. It is easy to miss where you turn off of Goat Creek Rd onto B52 and then B5225. Don't follow the local map of Winthrop - turn right where it says Goat Creek LO (Lookout).

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3 months ago

This trail is in good condition right now. It is steep in places but short. There was a patch or two snow along with a dusting of snow that fell above 6500 on Thursday which was almost gone by the time we were heading down. Even with the clouds and some precipitation in the crest the view here was rewarding. Road is gravel but in good condition with only a couple sections of washboards. Recommended for sure!!

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of those classic, low-effort big-reward hikes. On hot days, it's also a bit cooler than some lower trails. Originally, we tried to do Driveway Butte, but it was in the 80s at the trailhead. Goat's trailhead, on the other hand, was more than 10 degrees cooler. Views from the top were amazing in every direction. Snow was a non-issue. There are just a couple 10-foot snow patches that are stubbornly refusing to melt. I'm sure they'll be gone any day, though. Wildflowers were lookin' real good.

9 months ago

Love this hike! Not easy but entirely worth it. I've done it twice, both times in late July.

10 months ago

Moderately difficult hike with 360 views of Methow Valley, North Cascades, Pasayten Wilderness and Gardner Range at 7000 foot summit.. Only a fairly short stretch of trail is really steep.. If you’re lucky, the lookout tower will be manned and open to visitors. Lots of interesting things at the summit besides the great views: large cairn as a memorial to past lookouts, a bench overlooking the Methow Valley, yellow paint markings on the rocks to guide pilots, and a sign painted “welcome to Goat Peak”. And of course the lookout structure itself. Elevation gain about 1500 feet. Access road is not difficult to negotiate.

hiking
Wednesday, August 08, 2018

I'm fascinating about Lookouts, this one didn't disappointed me even though was locked & views were limited secondary to local fire.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Amazing views!

hiking
Monday, July 02, 2018

This hike, according to the sign at the trail-head, is about 5 miles r/t. It is uphill and a bit steep at places. the views at the top are spectacular. There are patches of wildflowers along the way at the lower elevation. We made to the top but not the look out. Some weather was coming in and we were the last people up there late in the day. It was a difficult hike for me as I'm not in shape and 68 y/o. I'm now inspired to get back in to an exercise routine, ha, ha.

hiking
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Wonderful trail, steep in parts, lots of views of the Cascades. A few avalanche lilies, lupine, etc.

hiking
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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!

hiking
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Great short hike!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

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