Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)


Day Hike - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

Join the Tacoma Singles Activities Committee on 3 day hikes over 3 days in the North Cascades off the Mountain Loop Highway! Friday's hike is the easygoing White Chuck Bench trail, Saturday's hike is to Goat Lake, where we can relax and take a refreshing dip, and on Sunday we'll explore the Monte Cristo Ghost Town. Singles are encouraged to participate (LGBTQIA+ & POC friendly) but any and all are welcome! Dog-friendly: space will be reserved for up to 3 dogs w/ leader's permission.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,161 ft
  • Pace: 2

All hikes will begin from Bedal Campground near Darrington, WA:

Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/DwW4zZkYH6t 

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):

Directions to Bedal Campground:

From Darrington, Washington, travel 16 miles southeast on the graveled single lane section of the Mt. Loop Scenic Byway. The campground is located on the west side of the road at mile post 37, just beyond the junction of Mt. Loop and Forest Road 49.

On Friday, we'll gather and leave from the campground at 5:30pm for the White Chuck Bench hike.

On Saturday, we'll gather and leave from the campground at 9:30am for the Goat Lake hike.

On Sunday, we'll pack up camp and leave from the campground around 9:00am for the Monte Cristo hike.

Carpools to the campground can be arranged once the roster is full.  

The leader has a large site (up to 12 people & 6 tents) reserved at Bedal Campground and day hikers are invited & encouraged to camp for the weekend (camping fee will be $6-15 depending on the size of the group, daily parking fee is $8 after the first vehicle).   Note that this campground has vault toilets and no running water; we'll need to bring our water or purify it from the Sauk River.  The campground is "Nestled in a canopy of forest along the rushing water of the Sauk River."

More info on the campground: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/bedal-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73775 

If you wish to bring your dog, please email the leader for permission - dogs must remain leashed & be well-behaved.  If all 3 spaces haven't been reserved for dogs by 7/31, remaining spaces will be opened for human participants (the leader will be dog-sitting that weekend and using up one of the dog spaces).

More information on the hiking plans:

FRIDAY: White Chuck Bench, 5 mi RT along the White Chuck River, minimal elevation gain - we may turn around early if we don't want to get caught in the dark (or we can be prepared to use our headlamps - I'm flexible!)


SATURDAY: Goat Lake, 10.4 mi RT, 1400 ft elevation gain, waterfalls along the way and a pretty lake at the end to help us cool off!


SUNDAY: Monte Cristo Ghost Town, 8-10 mi RT, 700 ft elevation gain, visit the site of a historic mining town in a beautiful setting, navigate a creek crossing over a wide log


If you're not able to join for all of the days/hikes, please let the leader know.

More info will be included in pre-trip email and may be added to this post over the next week.

*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.  


Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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