Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2019-05-23

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Thursday, May 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Elevation:4965 ft / 1513 m

Ascent Trip Report

Third time's the charm.

Seems to me the greater difficulty to Goat Mountain is the logistics of getting there.

Even if you have the proper coordinates for the "trailhead" in googlemaps, at 46.14176, -122.33395 it will attempt to take you right. Stay left here! If you go to the right you will find a road that peters out and it will seem a good place to start. It really is not.

Per previous reports, we parked at 46.16613, -122.31217. And we did so like idiots. By my assessment and assumptions, the spur toward the summit seemed to be scarcely traveled, if at all, by other vehicles. So we parked in the middle of the road, effectively blocking WTA trail workers. Because my wife did not continue with me to the summit, she caught the brunt of their understandable frustrations when they passed through. My apologies if any of you are reading this!

At 46.16089, -122.31174 you leave the road. A faint trail leads to a far more apparent trail (though this may have changed as there is trail work going on up there). We followed the very apparent trail for 1/2-mile before we realized it was traversing and would not lead up to the summit. We backtracked, at which point my very soaking wet and longsuffering wife decided a steep bushwhack was not in her future and headed back to the car.

The ascent does not really involve much bushwhacking. Much of the route is flagged and quite apparent. It is "Mailbox steep" for much of the route. I saw very little in the dense clouds. Some snowfields were present near the summit but are easily avoided if you so desire -- and I would not be surprised if they are melted out by now.

Be sure you traverse the ridge to the true summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2100 ft / 640 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Trailhead:2865 ft / 873 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds

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