Alpine Scramble: Goat Island Mtn

  • September 7, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Due to a so-so weather forecast, location changed from Gothic Peak to Goat Island Mountain located NE of Mt Rainier.


Gothic Peak located off of the Mountain Loop Highway, is an off-trail Class 2 alpine scramble on steep terrain including scree, dirt and rock.  The final summit block, on rock, is steep and exposed.

The following Class 2 rating description is from the book Climbing Washington's Mountains: Easy scrambling with some exposure where you could be killed or seriously injured in a fall, but where you aren't likely to fall off unless you make a serious blunder.  Use of hands and feet required.  Might seem scary in places to inexperienced scramblers but not technically difficult.

 

 

 

 


Skills: Class 2 alpine rock scrambling experience.

Gear: Ten Essentials

Distance: 11 miles roundtrip

Elevation gain: 4,000 feet

Pace: Moderate (~800 ft of elevation gain per hour)

Duration: ~5 hour ascent and ~4 hour descent

Difficulty: Very strenuous

Permit: NW Forest Pass

Drive duration from park-n-ride to trailhead: 90 mins

Carpooling and fuel reimbursement: Riders please bring cash (10 cents per mile per passenger) to compensate your driver

Weather Forecast

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  • Jay

    Great hike Brian thanks organizing and nice hiking with everyone. You said only Mints had to give you 6 stars, hold her to it.

    September 8, 2013

    • Mints

      what do i do with the extra star... do i eat it, use it as a weapon... mix it with mountain coffee????

      September 8, 2013

    • Brian

      Yes.

      September 8, 2013

  • Derek M.

    Such an awesome day and a fun group. Thanks, Brian!

    September 8, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Hello Brian,

    I am so sorry that Ben and I missed you and the group today. Somehow, Google maps directed us to a different PNR on Interurban, and by the time we had figured it out, it was too late.
    :( I apologize for any time you spent waiting for us. Hoping the hike went well, and I hope to meet you on the trails another time. Sincerely,
    Amanda

    September 7, 2013

    • Brian

      Sorry for the mixup. We waited the usual time for everyone to show so no need to apologize. See you two next time.

      September 8, 2013

  • Brian

    We scrambled Goat Island Mtn via a loop starting east to west then west to east. Low clouds moved in before we reached the east side of the peak's ridge.

    On the summit, the cloud cover grew thicker. Near the west end of the summit ridge, the lower portion of the Emmons Glacier became visible. Across the valley, we could hear but not see the Fryingpan Glacier waterfalls. Once we crossed the tame Fryingpan Creek, the sun broke through showing more of the Fryingpan Glacier. Little Tahoma and Rainier remained hidden. We saw Rainier only while driving into the National Park and driving out of the National Park.

    Having scrambled this peak only once before -- eight years ago -- it was surprising to see few signs of the previous prominent boot trails. I suspect it's due to the not-so-interesting scrambling terrain offered by Goat Island Mountain. Despite its bland scrambling terrain, views from Goat Island Mountain are some of the best offered in the park.

    September 8, 2013

  • Suzie

    Unfortunately, I have a commitment later in the evening and I doubt I'll be back in town in time with the trip change. Hope you all have a fantastic hike!

    September 6, 2013

  • Brian

    I'm bringing my stove so I can have a cup of coffee on the summit. If you'd like something hot to drink, feel free to bring your own cup and your tea or coffee of choice.

    September 6, 2013

  • Brian

    Trailhead is within Rainier National Park so $15 day vehicle permits are required. I have an annual pass and I can drive and take 3 passengers. We'll obviously need another driver who can also take 3 passengers.

    September 6, 2013

    • Derek M.

      I don't have a car, but I do have a Rainier pass.

      September 6, 2013

  • Brian

    Weather forecast for Gothic Peak and Ingalls Peak have not improved.

    Much better is the weather forecast for the NE side of Mt Rainier National Park, where Goat Island Mountain is located.

    Goat Island Mountain is a Class 1 scramble which, from memory some 8 years ago, doesn't require the use of hands. It's about the same distance and elevation gain as Gothic Peak. While the scrambling isn't as interesting as Gothic or Ingalls, the views of Rainier and Little Tahoma are spectacular.

    1 · September 6, 2013

  • Brian

    Forecasts for Gothic Peak and Ingalls Peak continue to deteriorate. Weather looks better for Goat Island Mountain (GIM) which is on the NE side of Rainier.

    It's barely a Class 1 scramble but the views of Little Tahoma and Rainier are spectacular. If we go to GIM, we'll meet at the South Renton park and ride. I'll post an update -- with a final destination decision -- tomorrow around Noon.

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=46.880112365630275&lon=-121.6610312461853#.Uik5z9K-qWk

    September 5, 2013

  • Suzie

    Not positive that I will be able to go but signing up just in case my schedule clears.

    September 5, 2013

    • Mints

      Fancy seeing you here :)

      September 5, 2013

    • Suzie

      Hi Mints! Hope see you again.

      September 5, 2013

  • Phil C

    Already committed to backpack on the coast ... S Ingals Peak is a scramble? We were setting pro on E In gals. Enjoy!

    September 4, 2013

    • Brian

      Ingalls has 3 summits: (1) North (2) East and (3) South. The former two are technical (Class 5) climbs and the latter is a scramble. Having done the North (twice) and South (once), two of its routes are a blast!

      September 5, 2013

  • Brian

    As usual, I will keep an eye on the weather forecast. If it worsens, and the forecast is better east of the Cascades crest, we'll scramble South Ingalls Peak which is a Class 2 scramble with about the same distance and elevation gain as Gothic Peak. Here's the forecast for the area near Ingalls peak: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=47.47045819313267&lon=-120.93868017196655#.UialsNLFURM

    September 3, 2013

  • Charles

    10 essential included a map. Do we each need our own copy of eg green trails #111 , sloan peak?

    You don't mention snow and ice. Is it all clear now, or are we avoiding it, or do we need ice axe/crampons?

    September 3, 2013

    • Brian

      No need for a map, crampons or ice ax.

      1 · September 3, 2013

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  • Mints
    Assistant Organizer
  • Jay
    Assistant Organizer
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