Goat Ridge Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain2,778ft
Trailhead Elevation4,657ft
Elevation Min/Max4657/6656ft
Elevation Start/End4657/4657ft

Goat Ridge Trail

Goat Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Lewis County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 4,657 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,778 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lilly Basin Trail, Goat Ridge Lookout Trail and Snowgrass Trail.

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Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country (Falcon Guides)
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"Captivating views line most of the route as you hike toward the apex of Goat Ridge, at Hawkeye Point. Mountain goats will likely be in view from the 7,431-foot-high summit. The 360-degree panorama is well worth the effort it takes to reach the summit. Below to the east is Goat Lake, which is usually frozen through August. Beyond the lake, Old Snowy Mountain anchors the north end of the main crest of Goat Rocks. To the southeast is the snowy summit of Mount Adams. In the distance to the southwest is the blown-out crater of Mount St. Helens. To the northwest Mount Rainier dominates the view, and far in the distance to the northeast is the jagged Stewart Range. At one time a lookout stood on the summit, but all that remains now are its anchors. Mountain goats are common here and are often seen on the ridge north of Goat Lake. Cell-phone service is excellent on the summit."

Goat Ridge Trail Trip Reports

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The view from Hawkeye Pt is Terrific. Views of St Helens, Rainier, Adams, Goat Rocks and GOATS! We saw about a dozen from just below the summit. Goat Lake still had a lot of ice and snow along the edges.

Goat Ridge trail is average. No water until you get close to the Lily Basin Trail Junction. The trip is longer but the views and water supply better if you go from the Snowgrass TH but that makes it a pretty long day hike.

Wear good boots. A bit of snow to cross and loose rock on the spur trail going to Hawkeye Pt.

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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Skill Level
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Goat Rocks Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Hamilton Buttes, Packwood Lake, Old Snowy Mountain
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