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Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2018-11-16

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Friday, November 16, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3500 ft / 1066 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: Double-check the directions googlemaps gives you!

I was heading to Goat Mountain from Quiemuth Peak, and I was routed through a massive Weyerhaeuser property. By the time I got to the back of the property, I was taken to a road that was a dead-end. Attempts to navigate the web of single-lane muddy roads through the fog for another route through were unsuccessful. As it was I was only 3-4 miles from the trailhead.

I did not see a soul for miles until I was much nearer to civilization. I talked to a Weyerhaeuser employee who said, "I am surprised you got back that far; usually they leave that gate locked."
All I could respond with was, "That would have saved me a lot of time..."

By the time I got back to Toutle, it was well past dark.

When I got home I examined the maps and satellite images. As it was, I was within 1/2-mile of the junction with the legitimate road to the trailhead -- and less than 2 miles from the summit itself. So close and yet so far...
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