Moderate/Intermediate Hike - Goat Lake, Mountain Loop HWY
- Goat Lake (#647)
- North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
- Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
- Roundtrip10.4 miles
- Elevation Gain1400 ft
- Highest Point3161 ft
- 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).
- 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