Jul 23, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Goat Mountain
- Region: South Cascades -- Mt. St. Helens
- Agency: Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Mount St. Helens National Monument
- Trails: Goat Mountain (#217)
- Avg Rating: 3.17
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
We did not know where the hike really ended - it disappeared under an overhand snow ledge, but only after where the hike should have ended on the map. We kept going for another half a mile or so just on top of the ridge - it is easy to walk over and very open as there are no trees. You can keep going further but the views are about the same (I kept hoping to get a better view of Helens which was covered by by the nearest mountains).
This is also as close as you can get currently to the north east side of St.Helens as Forest Road 99 is closed, and Forest Road 26 is closed after the turn off for this hike. The road to the hike is super easy and paved all the way.
There were some bugs and a little bit of snow near the top. We only saw two people on the trail which was shocking for an absolutely clear day.