Backpack - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)


Backpack - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

This is an excellent destination for those new to backpacking, and for more experienced people with a desire to start the season off with an easier one night trip.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,280 ft

 9:00AM, Verlot Public Service Center, Mountain Loop highway.

A picturesque alpine lake, Goat Lake is nestled between majestic Sloan Peak and the Monte Cristo group.   Views to the south end of the lake are dominated by the impressive snow-capped peaks of the Monte Cristo group of mountains.  This is very popular day hike and overnight trip through some old 2nd growth and some old growth cedar. The trail is gently rolling and relatively flat for the first 4 miles, and then climbs gradually to Goat Lake in the last mile.   There is usually water available at several stream crossings between the trailhead and Goat Lake.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. As a B3 experience, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.


Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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