Winter Hike to Goat Lake

Washington Goat Lake Trailhead

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Distance: 10.4 mile loop. Elevation gain: 1400 ft. Trail follows Upper and Lower Elliot Creek. Fairly gradual ascent through thick forest.

This trail is a perfect winter hike for the average outdoorsmen. Be warned that the most difficult part of this hike is getting to the trailhead in winter. The Mountain-loop highway can be a dangerous drive with black ice, snow, and serious potholes along the way. Take proper precautions like chains or studs if you don't have a 4WD car and drive safely.

Once the trailhead is reached, follow the fairly wide path alongside the Elliot creek. Early in the hike there is a sign indicting direction of either the Lower or Upper Elliott trail. Both lead to the same place so take your pick.

There are many points along the trail where small streams cross over, so use caution when crossing these points. Once the lake is reached, the view is spectacular as you stand at the edge of Goat Lake, which lies inside a small bowl of surrounding peaks.

Pack List

  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Winter clothes (i.e. gloves, snow jackets, beanie)
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Winter

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

10.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1400 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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How to Get There

11 months ago

Beautiful Hike

Did this in February one year with my dogs. Awesome! Make sure to check that the gates are open on Mt Loop or you might not be able to get there at all. If there has been a lot of snow and no one has cut a trail it can be difficult in places to find the trail. I always recommend using flagging tape to mark your trail. It snowed all day the day we went up and our tracks were pretty much gone on the way back down.

11 months ago

Added by Alex Powell

Just want to be outside

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