Trail #205 Goat Creek

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Goat Creek Trail is 5.5 miles long and begins in old growth Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar.  After 0.5 miles the trail passes underneath spectacular waterfalls, then follows Goat Creek.  It crosses a small creek twice as it climbs to views of the forest below. The trail wanders near open meadows and rock cliffs before it meets with Goat Mountain Trail #217 south of Vanson Peak.

Special conditions: Wet in the spring and no bridges over stream crossings.  

Access to the trailhead is on private land. Check for road closures during fire season. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

National Forest staff have not yet performed any maintenance on this trail. A report indicates a four foot section of the trail sloughed away, creating an extremely hazardous condition after the Vanson Lake Trail junction. Furthermore, many sections of the trail are covered in downed trees. This trail is NOT recommended for any recreation in its current state at this moment. Please do not attempt this trail for your own safety.


Operational Hours: Goat Creek Trailhead access road can be closed during fire season by Port Blakely Timber Company.
Fees No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Closed to motorized use.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Glenoma, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


From Randle, WA head west on US-12 for 10.2 miles. Turn left on Glenoma Road and continue for about 1.7 miles. Turn left on Champion Haul Road and follow for about 3.4 miles (you will pass Taidnapam Park and cross the Cowlitz River). Then go right onto Forest Road 27 and follow for about 0.8 miles. Then stay left on Forest Road 2750 and continue for about 3.5 miles. 

*Please note the access road to this trailhead is on private land. 

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  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
2400' - 4680'