Mountaineers hike to the Goat Lake. Very cold and icy today.
Participants include Louise Kornreich (leader), Nicole Hansen, John Kooch, Ettie Matza and others.
- Day Hiking: North Cascades, by Craig Romano, Goat Lake
- Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111
A nice hike with plenty of variety. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.
Take the Mountain Loop Highway east from Granite Falls. Pass by the Verlot Ranger Station, where you can buy a Northwest Forest Pass if you need one. Continue to the end of the pavement (about 31 miles from Granite Falls), and then go another 3.5 miles. Turn right at the road signed “Elliot and Goat Lakes.” This is FR-4080, but the road number is not clearly marked. The parking lot is at the end of the good gravel road.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.0537, -121.4113)
NW Forest Pass required.
10.96 miles, 1896 ft. gain, 6 hrs 09 min.