Trail #242 Fossil
This 7 mile 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:||11/21/2023: The #242 Fossil Trail is open.|
|Fees:||No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment areas.|
Horses are prohibited on:
|Closest Towns:||Cougar, WA|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
The trail starts at Kalama Horse Camp (Forest Road 81).
From Woodland, WA take state Route 503 east for approximately 28 miles to Forest Road 81. Take a left on Forest Road 81 towards Kalama Horse Camp Recreation Area. Follow Forest Road 81 north for approximately 8 miles.