Goat Lake Trail

Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area, Washington

Elevation Gain1,254ft
Trailhead Elevation2,618ft
Elevation Min/Max2567/3223ft
Elevation Start/End2618/2618ft

Goat Lake Trail

Goat Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is within Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 2,618 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,254 feet. This trail connects with the following: Upper Elliott Trail 647, Old Mine and Waterfall Trail and Lower Elliott Trail.

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Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"This 10.5-mile hike travels through the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness to an alpine lake and former mine site. Popular with both day hikers and backpackers, Goat Lake sees some significant traffic on summer weekends. It’s easy to see why. While the trail is on the longer side, the grade is mostly gentle and the trail is clear and well maintained, making this hike approachable for most hikers. The destination is stunning: On a sunny day the reflection of snow-covered mountaintops in the lake is an impressive sight. And as if that weren’t enough, getting a close-up look at massive MacIntosh Falls is more than worth a 4-mile hike. We recommend this hike for almost everyone, though be prepared to share the views with others if you go on a weekend." Read more
Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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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." Read more

Goat Lake Trail Reviews

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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.
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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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Trail Information

Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Hwy., Granite Falls, WA 98252; (360) 691-7791; fs.usda.gov/mbs
Local Contacts
USGS Sloan Peak; Green Trails Map #111 (Sloan Peak)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018