Goat Mountain Trail

Kosmos, Washington

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Traversing a high ridge due north of Mount St. Helens, this trail offers some of the best views of the volcano’s massive crater and huge blast area. Goat Mountain hikers can see the yawning crater and the piled rubble of the new lava dome, as well as the incredible changes to the land in front of the blast. You can look out over vast hillsides that used to be covered in thick, green forest; in a matter of minutes in 1980, they were reduced to stark gray wastelands. Vegetation has only begun to come back in the last few years, and the new greenery is especially vivid against the sterile ash backdrop. Even the ridge along which the trail runs was scarred by the blast, and streaks of ash are evident everywhere.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Traversing a high ridge due north of Mount St. Helens, this trail offers some of the best views of the volcano’s massive crater and huge blast area. Goat Mountain hikers can see the yawning crater and the piled rubble of the new lava dome, as well as the incredible changes to the land in front of the blast.

You can look out over vast hillsides that used to be covered in thick, green forest; in a matter of minutes in 1980, they were reduced to stark gray wastelands. Vegetation has only begun to come back in the last few years, and the new greenery is especially vivid against the sterile ash backdrop. Even the ridge along which the trail runs was scarred by the blast, and streaks of ash are evident everywhere.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kosmos
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,425 feet
Top Elevation: 5,025 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Goat Mountain Trail

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