Goat Mountain

Mount St. Helens

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Sat, Aug 04 to Sun, Aug 05, 2012

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View of Mt. Adams from the Goat Mt. Ridge. Photo: Olga

Crossing a high ridge just north of Mount St. Helens, the Goat Mt. trail offers some of the best ridge top hiking, wildflowers and scenic vistas in the area. But the rewards must be earned with a 2 mile, 1,500 climb right out of the trail head to gain the ridge crest. This crew will work the first couple miles out of the trail head near Ryan Lake doing annual maintenance.

In 2006, WTA listed the Goat Mountain Trail (#217) as one of the most endangered trails in the State. Just north of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Goat Mountain is known for its spectacular wildflowers, huckleberries, and ridgetop views. At the time, a proposal to develop a copper mine there seemed imminent. After a two-year battle with the mining interest, the BLM denied the application—much to the relief of thousands who called for the area’s protection.

Driving directions:
From Randle, drive 8 miles south on Forest Service Road 25. Just after crossing the Cispus River, turn right (west) onto Forest Service Road 26 (paved). Continue 12 miles until a junction with Forest Service Road 2612. Turn right on FR 2612 and continue 0.4 mile to the trailhead parking area.

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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