CHS 1 Hike - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

A hike along Elliott Creek through old growth forest, past cascades and McIntosh falls to reach a large alpine lake with views of Cadet Peak. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph). Currently, the road appears closed to the trailhead. As of 5/23 @ 10:30 am, the district ranger office says they hope to have the road open before Memorial Day weekend.

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

Leave the Ash Way P&R (I-5 Exit 183) at 7am for a 1 hour 40 minute drive to the trailhead a short distance past Barlow Pass on the Mountain Loop highway. Seattle carpooling from the NE 65th Street (Greenlake) P&R leaving at 6:30am

Expect to be hiking on the trail around 9am, lunch at the lake near noon, return to the trailhead about 3:30pm. Stopping in Granite Falls for a group snack or meal before returning to the various Park and Rides.


Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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