Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)


Backpack - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

A good basic one-night backpacking trip for everyone, including B3 or similar students. Great views, if the weather cooperates. The trailhead is behind a gate that's closed through the winter, so there's some risk we'll have to make a last minute change to another destination. But given the weather so far this year, that seems very unlikely.

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

We'll meet at the trailhead at a civilized hour such as 10:00.

Everyone welcome. We won't be in a rush, so we'll make it even if we have to set a slow pace. The elevation gain is mostly gradual and not great - mostly at the end close to the campsite.  There shouldn't be anything tricky about the trail (assuming no mudslides, blow-downs, or similar).

At the lake there will be an optional excursion for an hour or two, to get even better views. There will be plenty of time to relax at the lake. And there's lots of spots for tents (sometimes it can be a popular destination). 

If you have any doubts about your gear, etc., email me (or phone 425 275-1869). Full details will be emailed around May 28th.


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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