Trail #217 Goat Mountain
This trail is open to hikers, horses and bicycles.
This 8.6 mile long trail begins on Road 2612 near Ryan Lake and immediately climbs steeply for the first 2 miles (1500 foot elevation gain) to the long ridge of Goat Mountain and then heads west along its southern flank offering views of Mount St. Helens and Mt. Margaret Backcountry.
The trail follows the ridge then descends to Deadmans Lake, near the junction with Tumwater Trail #218 at mile 5. It climbs again to the junction with Vanson Peak Trail #217A at mile 7. Just beyond this junction is the junction for Vanson Lake Trail #217B, a short spur (0.25 mile) south into the Vanson Lake basin, and the junction with Vanson Ridge Trail #213A which runs south to tie in with the Green River Trail #213.
Goat Mountain Trail #217 continues and ends on Weyerhaeuser Road 2600.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||6/27/23: Trail is accessible. Expect horse campers. Trail may be congested and parking limited. Backcountry Horsemen performed trail mainetenance 6/23/23.|
|Fees:||No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.|
|Closest Towns:||Randle, WA|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Goat Mountain Trailhead 08/15/2018: Open, trail maintenance has not been done. From Randle, WA drive south on Forest Service Road 25 to Forest Service Road 99. Follow 99 to Forest Road 26 and take it north to Ryan Lake. Access from Forest Road 26 is closed by a washout 8 miles in on the north section, so access is via Forest Road 99.
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