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Trip Report

Blue Horse Trail

South Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member



Hiked Jun 2, 2007

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Mud/Rock slide or washout.
Forest Road 81 is closed 2 miles east of Kalama Horse Camp on the West so we had to backtrack to approach the trail from the East side. Shortly after passing the 830 Road that leads to the Climbers Bivouac the 81 Road has a section which would not be passable without a high clearance vehicle and some areas required 4 wheel drive because of the sandy ash. This is a very short section and after that the road is OK.The sign at Road 830 says road is closed 4 miles ahead. Just before the closure is Forest Road 8123. 0.6 miles up this road is the TH for Goat Marsh. This is an easy hike to a lake and marsh protected within the Goat Marsh Research Natural Area. There is room at the TH on the left for two cars. It is 1 mile to the lake and 1/2 mile from there to the marsh. The trail begins on an old road then turns right which we did, but had to rock hop across a new stream caused by the floods. On the way out we noticed pink ribbons in the area we turned so perhaps there's an easier crossing if you follow the ribbons. The marsh and the lake both have beautiful views of Mt St Helens and relections on a windless day.