Ascent of Goat Peak on 2019-04-28

Climber: Adam Wilson

Date:Sunday, April 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goat Peak
    Elevation:6473 ft / 1972 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wonderful spring day in the hills.

This was a training hike for Rainier as part of the Yakima Union Gospel Mission's Climbing out of Homelessness program. Trail was in great shape as long as we could see it, but patchy snow started around 4400 ft and we pretty quickly lost the trail to the snowpack. Ascent was easy enough on firm snow through the trees, and the col on American Ridge was nearly snow-free.

Once on the NW-facing slope between the col and the summit, the snow slopes got icy and we were thankful for our crampons, although we could have got by without them (several members of the group had stiff mountaineering boots that were able to kick in -- my Scarpa Zodiacs weren't quite up to the task of kicking into the ice). Axes were definitely a necessity.

The summit itself was an easy Class 2 mixed rock and snow scramble, and the patchy cloud layer was high enough to reveal the major sights: Rainier showed out, and we even got a few glimpses of the Stuarts between cloud drifts. Absolutely spectacular day to stand on a peak.

We practiced snow anchors and munter-hitch rappels on the way down, with the obligatory glissading mixed in. No need for the ropes, but we had fun with them anyway :).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3384 ft / 1031 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Route:Goat Creek Trail
    Trailhead:Cougar Flats  3089 ft / 941 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Lovely fluffy clouds!
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Adam Wilson
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