Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2005-06-26
|Date:||Sunday, June 26, 2005|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6121 ft / 1865 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom I-5 at Williams, I headed west on CA-20 about 10 miles to Walnut Dr and turned right, whence it becomes Leesville Rd. Though mostly paved, the road is VERY narrow, usually 1 lane, and VERY uneven. Though there are currently not many holes in it, there were so many holes in its past that in many places the entire surface is a mosaic of overlapping patches. After 12 miles the road joins the unpaved but much smoother and better Leesville-Lodoga Rd, on which I drove the remaining 9 miles to Lodoga. The last few miles were paved and not too bad.
From Lodoga, I headed west toward Stonyford, and after 2½ miles I turned left onto Goat Mtn Road, where a Forest Service sign said 22 miles to Goat Mtn. The road is unpaved but smooth enough for any street-legal vehicle. I stayed on the main road, taking care to make a sharp right onto Forest Road M5 at about 15 miles. At 18 miles (1¼ miles after fording a creek which is marginal but doable without high clearance), I made a sharp left at a FS sign indicating 4 miles to Goat Mtn. The road is initally good enough for any street-legal vehicle but gradually deteriorates. I parked near where Black Rock CG shows on the topo map and Earlized to 1000' gain by walking 300' down from that point. A high-clearance vehicle will make it to a locked gate just past the saddle just past the intersection near point 5756.
The summit tower and a shack under it are abandoned, but another shack nearby is in use. The HP is a partly brush-covered 8' high boulder south of the tower. It can be climbed directly with a class 3 pullup, or with a class 2 scramble behind the thicket.
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