Sep 15, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Goat Lake
- Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
- Agency: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
- Trails: Goat Lake (#647)
- Avg Rating: 4.07
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Fall foliage
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
There were a few spots where you cross little streams but nothing you need waterproof shoes for. There were also a couple of places where you have to pay more attention ducking under trees or skirting around big boulders.
The fall foliage was just getting started this weekend. Next weekend it should be in full swing!
We tried to hike the trail around the lake but it shortly got so overgrown we didn't bother. I'm not sure if you can hike all the way around to the snow.
We enjoyed sitting on the pebble beaches and dipping our toes in the lake. The water was warm enough for wading only if it was a couple inches deep. Deeper than that and it immediately made our feet ache.
The campsites are a little vague but there are plenty of places to pitch a tent and despite the burn ban there were several campfires going as it got dark. It was very peaceful and quiet up there. We enjoyed going to sleep to the sound of the waterfall below the lake. That waterfall is amazing!
Altogether a wonderful trip.