Goat Peak Trail

OutAndBack • 5 mi • 1400 ft

Short and sweet and just a tad bit steep, this trail gets you to Goat Peak, sentinel over the Methow Valley with commanding views of its snaking river and the legions of nearby cloud-piercing peaks. Home to one of two active fire lookouts in the Methow (the other being Lookout Mountain), Goat was chosen for its stand-alone position over the rolling, prone-to-lightning-strikes terrain. But the views are striking too, so storm on over.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mazama
Length: 5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June– late Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 5,600 feet
Top Elevation: 7,001 feet
Other Uses: Kid-friendly, Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Mazama No. 51
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Lookout now closed and no longer staffed, beginning with 2014 fire season. Write your congressional representatives to better fund the Forest Service! A cornice still lingered at the topo north side rige but should melt free by the Fourth of July. Great hike, great views.


The directions were good, the dirt road up was in surprisingly good shape. The drive up took about 20 minutes. The trail was steep but doable with views all along the route. It took about an hour to hike up. Once you got about 80% of the way up it leveled out and went along a ridge that you could see the tower from. Once you got there the panoramic view was incredible!! Lightning Bill was a very nice man who answered all our questions and took our picture for his album. This is a must to hike if you are in the area!

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