Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)


Backpack - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

This is a great beginning backpacker`s trip to a gorgeous sub-alpine lake with good camping beneath cliffs and waterfalls. Once the site of a mining town, Goat Lake has history and scenic views. The camping area is near the lake outlet at the site of the old mining town hotel.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft

We will meet at the trail head at 8:30 am . You need a Northwest Pass or Senior Pass for the trail head.  From Granite Falls, follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 31 miles to Barlow Pass and the end of pavement . Continue for 3.5 miles, turning right onto Forest Road 4080 . Follow FR 4080 for .8 mile to the road end and trail head .

My hiking & leadership style is laid-back; priority will be placed on keeping the group together and traveling at an easygoing pace rather than reaching the destination ASAP .  We will have plenty of time to relax and explore around the lake.

We will follow the Mountaineers Covid-19 guidelines on this adventure including wearing a facemask whenever we come within 6 feet of other hikers or one another.   We also advise against sharing gear, and everyone should have good supplies of hand sanitizer.

This is a Phase 2 activity.


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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