Goat Lake Trail

Bedal, Washington

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A spectacular backcountry lake—one of the largest in the area—awaits those who walk this way. Once the site of a bustling mining operation, complete with company town and lakeside hotel, Goat Lake boasts plenty of history along with its fine views. Waterfalls too! So grand is Goat that the Washington Department of Transportation chose it to grace its official road maps in the early 1990s. But you can’t drive there, so millions of map admirers never got any closer than a dusty road. You, however, are on your way.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A spectacular backcountry lake—one of the largest in the area—awaits those who walk this way. Once the site of a bustling mining operation, complete with company town and lakeside hotel, Goat Lake boasts plenty of history along with its fine views. Waterfalls too!

So grand is Goat that the Washington Department of Transportation chose it to grace its official road maps in the early 1990s. But you can’t drive there, so millions of map admirers never got any closer than a dusty road. You, however, are on your way.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bedal
Distance: 10.4
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late May– early Nov
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Velot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111
Driving Directions: Directions to Goat Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/21/2009
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The parking lot at the Goat Lake TH was quite full. The weather was cloudy with only a couple noted sunbreaks the entire time. The trail to Goat lake was easy and the elevation gain was relatively minimal. The waterfall below the lake was stunning and much larger than I anticipated! The lake was beautiful, but a bit crowed upon first arrival. I hiked around the lake on a narrow, overgrown trail to some rocks where I rested for almost 2 hours and ate lunch. I kept hoping for the sun to make an appearance, but it didn't. The scenery was fabulous, and other than slipping a few times, the hike back to the TH was fine. My boots were caked with mud, which made gaining traction in spots difficult. I would like to see Goat Lake again on a sunny day, but all and all it was a nice hike.


6/11/2009
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The trail was excellent. If you take upper then lower or vise versa you can have a nice change of scenery on teh way out and back. Overall the trail is quite easy with steady elevation gains/losses. The last 3/4 mile or so is up a rather steep bit as you climb out of the valley up to the lake along the falls. Once through this little nasty bit though you are rewarded with a rather pretty lake scene. The water was warm enough to swim in and provided a very refreshing mid day respite from the heat. There were several hikers along the trail but it never felt crowded as I have seen other reviews say. People were very pleasant.



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