Goat Mountain is a hiking trail in Skamania County and Lewis County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 9.2 miles long and begins at 3,262 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,781 feet.
Goat Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hike along a lofty ridge at the demarcation of the blast zone. Look south at blown-down and toppled forests and a series of sparkling alpine lakes surrounded by silver snags. Look north at alpine meadows ﬂush with wildﬂowers and hillsides cloaked in verdant old-growth canopies."
--Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen , Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books).
"In the northern part of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, only a few miles but seemingly a world away from the crowds that gather near the volcano, this wonderful loop hike explores the edge of the volcano’s recovering devastated area. The loop has it all: high ridges with outstanding views; a mountain lake that is ideal for swimming; a lush river valley with huge old-growth forests; and, most surprisingly, very few people. In fact, the trails are more commonly used by equestrians than by hikers. Despite the horses, the trails are in good shape and not badly damaged by hooves or overly aromatic from “apples.”"
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Dan A. Nelson , Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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