Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2010-05-16

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Sunday, May 16, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Elevation:4965 ft / 1513 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the standard route. Couldn't quite drive to the TH due to snow. Will be melted in a couple weeks. From end of road took solid bootpath to horse trail. Lost boot path. Walked horse trail N for a bit then up the slopes and angled back a little bit right onto ridge. Some alder and logs to deal with at 3700+. A bit more snow which was consolidated but thin. With questionable snow I traversed a bit L at 4200+. Nice snow seam to 4400'. From there the ridge is very well defined and travel easy. Some snow bumps to cross and cornices and a few steep spots to get up and down. Bad snow on ridge. No real rock scrambling. Unclear whether 4965 or 4960+ is higher. I'd bet on 4965 but it is within 10 feet and a few too many trees and such to tell. No problem to touch both. Ridge is narrow and has some steep dropoffs but was OK. Overall the forest route was better than I expected as it mostly a continous slope. Sorta steep but never killer steep. But margin for error in navigation is not great as real steep and cliffs are lurking. Not a great rainy day peak. Register at the S summit. I really wasn't able to track the bootpath very well between the horse trail and where the ridge really formed out at 43 or 44 hundred. But the travel was fine anyway.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2045 ft / 622 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Trailhead:FS 8117  3120 ft / 950 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast

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