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: 06/07/2021: No trail reports as of yet. Expect lingering snow on the trail.
Fees No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment areas.

Horses are prohibited on:

  • Toutle Trail #238 north of the Sheep Canyon Trail #240 intersection
  • Sheep Canyon Trail #240 east of the Toutle Trail #238
  • Butte Camp Trail #238A
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

General Information


Kalama Horse Camp (Forest Road 81)



Show detail SHOW


Hide detail HIDE

Day Hiking


Horse Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW

Related Information

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
7.0 miles

  Elevation : 
2100' - 3500'


Click for NW Recreation App info

Download Our Official Recreation App! Link opens in a new window