Goat Peak (Chinook Pass)

A moderate to strenuous hike of 11.0 miles round trip and an elevation gain of 3,400 ft 20 miles east of Chinook Pass near Bumping Lake. The trail steeply ascends to the top of 6,473 ft. Goat Peak, the site of a former fire-lookout with 360 degree views, thru forest and wildflower lined hillsides with amazing views all along the way. Dogs on leashes are allowed.

getting there

Take the Bumping River Road (Forest Road 18) off of State Route 410 (19 mi east of Chinook Pass). Turn right and drive 5.8 mi to the Goat Peak trailhead and the Cougar Flat Campground.

on the trail

The trail ascends steeply right from the start thru a series of switchbacks on the ridge above Goat Creek. You will hike through forest and wildflower lined hillsides as the views just get better the higher up the ridge you get. At 4 miles you reach the American Ridge Trail where you will turn right (east) and follow the ridge top for 1 mile. This is where your effort really pays off with great views to the north, south and east with only a slight elevation gain to help you recover and enjoy the sights. At 5 miles from the trailhead you take the small spur trail for the steep 0.5 mile trip to 6,473-foot summit of Goat Peak with its 360 degree views of Mount Adams, the Cascades,  Mount Rainier, Mount Aix and Bumping Lake among others.


  • Out-of-Print Guidebook: Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region (1st ed.) by Craig Romano (Mountaineers Books 2007).
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft
  • 6,473 ft
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