Trail #242 Fossil

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trail starts in the Kalama Horse Camp before swinging northward and crossing Forest Road 81. After climbing steadily along an old roadbed, the trail enters a magnificent stand of old-growth. The trail passes through a 0.25-mile stretch of young trees before re­entering the older forest. Traversing the western face of Goat Mountain, you enter an ancient stand of old-growth noble fir, ending at a saddle on the north shoulder of the peak. The trail drops downslope and connects with an abandoned road leading to Forest Road 8123.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/10/18: Winter conditions exist; expect snow and ice. Forest Road 81 gated and closed at Cougar Sno-park and Kalama Horse Camp.
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

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Kalama Horse Camp (Forest Road 81)



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Horse Riding & Camping

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  Area/Length : 
7.0 miles

  Elevation : 
2100' - 3500'