Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)


Backpack - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

An easy 10 mile roundtrip backpack with 1400 ft in elevation gain along Elliott Creek through old growth forest, past cascades and McIntosh falls to reach a pretty alpine lake with views of Cadet Peak.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft

We will coordinate carpools/meeting spot once we know where everyone is coming from.  Monroe P&R is a good option.

NW Forest Pass is required for drivers.

Directions to the trailhead:

Take the Mountain Loop Highway east from Granite Falls. Pass by the Verlot Ranger Station, where you can buy a Northwest Forest Pass if you need one. Continue to the end of the pavement (about 31 miles from Granite Falls), and then go another 3.5 miles. Turn right at the road signed "Elliot and Goat Lakes." This is FR-4080, but the road number is not clearly marked. The parking lot is at the end of the good gravel road.

This will be an easy one night backpack to Goat Lake near Monte Cristo which is a large and quite pretty alpine lake.  We will hike in on Saturday morning and spend the night at the lake before hiking back out on Sunday.  

No special requirements other than what is outlined in required equipment although there is a stream crossing along the way so please bring appropriate camp/water shoes that you can change into if required.

When requesting permission to register, please let me know your recent backpacking experience or that you are a B3 student.  

Maps for this trip:

Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111 or CalTopo to print your own.


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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