Moderate/Intermediat­e Hike - Goat Lake, Mountain Loop HWY

Location
Goat Lake (#647)
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Statistics
Roundtrip10.4 miles
Elevation Gain1400 ft
Highest Point3161 ft
Features
Rivers
Lakes
Waterfalls
Old growth
Established campsites
A spectacular backcountry lake-one of the largest in the area-awaits those who walk this way. Once the site of a bustling mining operation, complete with company town andlakeside hotel, GoatLakeboasts plenty of history along with its fine views. Waterfalls too! So grand is Goatthat the Washington Department of Transportation chose it to grace its official road maps in the early 1990s. But you can't drive there, so millions of map admirers never got any closer than a dusty road. You, however, are on your way.
Driving Directions:

From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 31 miles to Barlow Pass and the end of the pavement. Continue for 3.5 miles, turning right onto Forest Road 4080. (From Darrington the turnoff is 19.5 miles along the Mountain Loop Highway.) Follow FR 4080 for 0.8 mile to the road end and trailhead for Elliott Creek Trail No. 647 (elev. 1900 ft).

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/goat-lake?searchterm=goat+lake
http://www.hikingwithmybrother.com/2011/07/goat-lake-elliott-creek-loop-trail-647.html




Northwest Forest Pass required
In consideration of others, if you do not plan on attending this hike please change your status. This allows those that are on the waitlist to attend. It also means we do not wait unnecessarily at the trail head for those not showing up.
Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others. This will be the first meeting for many of the dogs, so let them get acquainted slowly as we walk. It takes time to form a pack. Not all dogs want to be greeted exuberantly, so take care and precaution. Also, dog waste needs to be buried (6 inches) or carried. Leaving along the trail to be picked up later is an eyesore for others , even in a bag,(especially with the number in our group) and is sometimes forgotten on the way out.

Please be courteous and use proper trail etiquette.

I have info in the pages section of this site (see top section on web site). Please review, good advice about what to bring and about hiking with a dog.

Also, please read the Bear Safety discussion and tips page in discussion section and pages section

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  • Jay

    Yes beautiful hike thank you Kathy for organizing it. Will post pics soon.

    July 7, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Lovely hike today. We made it into a loop by hiking the lower Elliot Creek trail up to the lake - this follows close by the creek for most of the way- and came back via the upper trail. The lake was stunning and I am sure very cold. We enjoyed a relaxing lunch before heading back down. Very peaceful and enjoyable day. Thanks Jay and Cyn for meeting up with me today. See you again soon.

    July 7, 2013

  • Jay

    If anybody wants to carpool with me let me know. My dog is ok with another with her and I do have the space.

    July 4, 2013

    • Jay

      Hi Jenna, if you are interested in carpooling with me how about meet me at the brickyark p&R, 160th st exit off the 405 if you are heading north on the 405 it is a left off the exit P&r on left side. Meet me there by 6:30 it is an hour and a half to Barlow pass and I usually like to stop for coffee on the way up. Here is my cell number:[masked] if you can let me know if you are going to meet me or reply back so I know.

      July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok. I'll see you then.

      July 6, 2013

  • Vanessa

    I hate to miss this trail, but being out three days in a row is too much...Have a great hike!

    July 6, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    See you all in the morning at the trailhead at 8:30. If you need my phone # email me and I will send it to you. Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. And your camera, this is a beautiful lake.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to carpool from Seattle if anyone is interested!

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wanted to let you know I just did this hike last Saturday. It was still pretty muddy but a nice hike, didn't really have any bugs out, and even though the parking lot was packed we were mostly alone on the trail. Hope you all have fun!

    July 1, 2013

  • Jay

    Hi Kathy,

    I know that it is full, but I might be interested in joining you for the hike. I will know for sure by Friday and will reply back with a definite yes. If I go I will just meet at the trailhead.

    July 1, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Jay, that will probably be fine. I am sure spots will open up as this is a substitute hike and I just added those signed up for the other hike not knowing if they were interested I thus or not

      July 1, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    I have added you to this hike because you were signed up for the hike I had originally schedule on this date. Please, if you are unable to attend this hike, change your rsvp to no so I know not to expect you. Sorry for the change, but this is a great hike and is shaded and along a creek for the most part. Should be cooler, although probably busier. Trade-offs. :)

    July 1, 2013

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