Goat Creek & Cathedral Falls


Day Hike - Goat Creek & Cathedral Falls

This hike will go beyond the waterfalls to Tumwater Mountain. Old growth forest, a trail that goes behind a waterfall, and a mountain top! Three-for-one hike south of Randle.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,200 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph on average

Trailhead at 0800. Trailhead is located south of Morton/Randle/US 12 in the Gifford Pinchot NF

Exploratory trip, meaning the leader has not done this hike before.  First section is in the forest and details can be found here: Goat Creek — Washington Trails Association (wta.org).  Plan is to continue past the falls and up to Tumwater mountain. This area is on the very northern edge of the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.  A mix of forest, waterfalls, rocky outcrops and meadows. 

My goals for this trip are as follows:

1. Be safe.

2. Make to the top of Tumwater Mountain

3. Explore a place new to me.

My expectations for participants are as follows:

1. Practice Leave No Trace principles.

2. Be respectful of all participants.

3. Have the physical conditioning necessary for this trip. The first 1.5 miles are pretty gentle, but the trail then climbs quite a bit in the next few miles to the top of Tumwater Mountain. Pace will be slower on steep uphill sections, but the goal is an average of 2.0 mph.


Goat Creek & Cathedral Falls

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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