Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2011-08-21

Climber: Ryan Courtney

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Elevation:4965 ft / 1513 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the standard route in (81, 8117, drive to saddle). The last 0.4 mile off of 8117 (470) were very overgrown, with some major ruts and a small tree across the road. My truck had no issues, but a passenger car or a vehicle with an intact paint job might want to add about a mile to their climb. I used the summitpost entry (plus GPS/maps) for accurate mileage on the various roads.

After parking at the open saddle, an obvious trail takes off from there and is in fact labeled Goat Mountain Trail with a small marked piece of wood hammered into a tree. As of August 2011, the "intact" climber's trail has seen a bit of maintenance (probably from a climber) and is clearly and regularly marked with orange ribbon to 4965'. The maintenance consists of some foliage being cut with loppers or a saw. The "trail" is still basically forest duff and is indeed very steep and sustained until making the ridge.

The ridge walk from 4965' to 4960'+ is unmarked by ribbon, a bit more difficult, and way less obvious on the ground. Non-cohpers or p2kers probably have little interest. Bits of minor scrambling are occasionally required, but it's easy enough. It took me maybe 10 minutes to touch the highest points north on the ridge.

I was rewarded with amazing views of Rainier, Hood, Adams, and of course St. Helens. I was the 6th person to sign the register in 2011.

The summer Sunday drive back to Seattle was rough. Slowdowns and stop & go began in Chehalis, then from Sleater-Kinney through JBLM, and again several times in Tacoma. It took hours.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble

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