Ascent of Goat Peak on 2014-05-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, May 16, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||7001 ft / 2133 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI had been wanting to visit this peak for several years. I found a good weather window where the temperatures were supposed to be warm but not sizzling. A storm system was moving in the following day. The USFS posted that FR-5225 was open, and FR-5225-200 was "open with snow in places"... but I discovered upon my arrival that FR-5225 was completely snowbound within 0.5 miles from its intersection from FR-5225-200 (which was likely snowbound, as well). There was no evidence of anyone driving or walking on the snowbound sections, making me believe that whomever wrote the road update had not done a thorough job.
I found a good automobile pullout area at approximately 4720'. I proceeded to go uphill, soon reaching a road (FR-5225-170?) which led up the next 500' of elevation gain. The road abruptly ended at a small seasonal stream, so I headed uphill for a short distance until finding the safest place to cross the stream. Once across, I proceeded to head uphill through a mess of downed trees until 5600'. Beyond that, the route went very well and was mostly open forest with minimal brush. There was consistent snow above 6000', much of which was firm but steeper areas (with boulders/rocks underneath) were sloppy/soft.
I reached the summit shortly after two hours. Great views in all directions. In fact, I spotted a large fire plume seemingly south of Virginian Ridge (southeast of Lucky Jim Ridge, near North Fork Wolf Creek). I contacted the Methow Valley Ranger Station to notify them; the ranger said some controlled fires were being administered in that region on that day... although she did not see any planned for that specific location where I noticed the smoke, which was getting larger as time passed. The ranger said that although it was most likely a controlled fire by the USFS, they appreciated my due diligence to contact them just to be on the safe side. It was a good feeling to have proven that this was a good site from which to spot local fires.
The descent went much faster than the ascent. The snow made it easier to retrace the route, although the GPS was also helpful in that regard. Another interesting thing was that I saw one large rabbit and many deer... but no goats.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2281 ft / 695 m|
| Route:||West Ridge|
| Trailhead:||FR-5225 4720 ft / 1438 m|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Time Up:||0 Days 2 Hours 10 Minutes|
| Time Down:||0 Days 1 Hours 10 Minutes|
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