Steep sections. Traffic was light and we arrived at the trail-head at around 10 A.M. Reaching the true West Summit seems to require some degree of rock climbing. Mostly flat. We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and this page is updated as adjustments are made. With over 120km of beautifully groomed trails, the Methow Valley boasts the largest network of Nordic Trails in North America. The trail begins at the stock unloading ramp and proceeds due east. Trail and backcountry camp conditions are reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September). There are game trails/existing hikers tracks that you can follow along the ridge to get to a better vantage point for some photography. The Goat Mountain trail begins gaining elevation, immediately and quickly. Always check with Park Rangers for trail conditions before heading out into the backcountry. I took a weekend backpacking trip to Goat Mountain this past weekend in the North Cascades. It has two summits: the 6725 ft West Goat Mountain and the 6860 ft East Goat Mountain. A pine is down across the trail halfway up; easy to navigate around it. The drive up from Seattle wasn’t bad. The addition of breathtaking scenery, and bountiful snowfall it is no wonder why the Methow is the premier Cross Country Ski destination of the … The trail is well maintained, but can be hot and dusty in the summer months. Moderate inclines. At 550-ft tall, Big Bluff is just that---big. The final stretch of the hike is a ridge walk away from the mountain where on one side (south) views stretch off to Summerland, Tamanos Mountain and Panhandle Gap. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The right fork is the Sawtooth Creek Trail, the left, the Goat Mountain Trail. Some uneven terrain. Not sure of the name of the trail, but it traverses up to the top of Goat Mountain. The hike is very straightforward, ascending steeply from Roads End to the beginning of a scenic cross-country route to Grouse Lake and Goat Mountain. Click here for a Big Bluff Trail Map 6 Miles R/T: If you're looking for a big view of the Buffalo Rver combined with a world-class geologic experience, then Big Bluff and its narrow Goat Trail is your kind of place. No obstacles. A trail starts at an elevation of 2470 ft and goes to a spot 65 vertical feet below the West Summit. The two summits are separated by a 6100 ft high saddle. status date description; Aug 16, 2020 @ 7:03am. To the north it's views of the Emmons Glacier and Mountain Rainier. After dropping a few feet to a bridge which crosses Roaring Lion Creek, the trail splits. A Wilderness Camping Permit is required year round for camping or climbing in the park. Some rocks, roots. Backcountry Trails and Camp Reports. Kate, Jordan, Kirk, and I explored Goat Mountain Saturday to take advantage of another sunny weekend day. In fact, it's so big that it has the distinction of being the tallest sheer bluff face found between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. Flat. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Read our COVID-19 guidelines by clicking this banner before visiting one of our parks. Uneven terrain. From Roads End ascend 5200 feet in 6.3 miles to the last switchback before the pass to Granite Basin. Goat Mountain Trail Trail Reports. Goat Mountain Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. From the top of Goat Island Mountain it's a four volcano view (Rainier, Adams, Hood, Glacier Peak). We dropped a car at snow line up Twin Lakes Road with plans to go up and over and started from the Summer trail on the south side. 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