Goat Marsh

Cougar, Washington

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Much of Goat Marsh Trail is really an abandoned roadbed that is nicely reverting to a trail. The route climbs very gently at first, then levels out. The roadbed soon ends and the poorly marked trail traverses around the south side of the lake. As the trail leaves the first lake it passes a beaver dam. The path soon reaches the south side of another shallow lake. It works its way around to the southeast corner of this second lake and ends in the forest near the shore. Many elk inhabit Goat Marsh. Hike this trail early in the morning and watch for them in the open areas north of the lakes.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Much of Goat Marsh Trail is really an abandoned roadbed that is nicely reverting to a trail. The route climbs very gently at first, then levels out. The roadbed soon ends and the poorly marked trail traverses around the south side of the lake.

As the trail leaves the first lake it passes a beaver dam. The path soon reaches the south side of another shallow lake. It works its way around to the southeast corner of this second lake and ends in the forest near the shore. Many elk inhabit Goat Marsh. Hike this trail early in the morning and watch for them in the open areas north of the lakes.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best spring thru fall
Local Maps: USGS Goat Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Goat Marsh

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Apr 2018