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