Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2015-08-01

Climber: Ryder Irvine

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Elevation:9943 ft / 3030 m

Ascent Trip Report

There may be alternatives to get to this one, but here is what I used:
From about 7 Miles NW of Leadore, ID on Highway 28, turn Right on Cottom Lane. Got about .5 miles north to Lemhi Road and turn left (west). Drive about 1.5 miles and turn right (north) on Cedar Gulch road. There is a BLM sign on the south side of the road. Zero your odometer here. Please note, my mileage may be off, but this should get you there...

0.0 Cattleguard at entry
0.8 Junction, stay left
1.3 Junction with Fence/Gate - Stay Left through the fence
1.8 Another Fence/Gate
2.4 Go up Steep hill (4x4 required past here)
2.5 Another Fence/Gate go through
2.8 Junction, stay left into canyon, not uphill.
2.9 Cross the drainage from east to west side and head north through the tall grass. (water in ditch 8/01) There is a water trough at this point. When I drove the grass, it did not appear anyone had driven the route in perhaps years. Follow the faint tracks in the grass up the canyon through the dips and ditches.
3.6 Junction, take the left fork up the higher slope road. (the right fork goes to another water trough)
3.8 Water trough on ridge, stay on ridge road to the right.
4.2 Tree blocking road. With minimal effort this tree could be moved or passed, but the road only goes about 300 yards past here, so this is where I parked.
Parking area was noted at N.44.81019, W.113.45485 ~8300'

From here the peak is about 1.2 miles NNE. Hike up the road and make your way NE to the ridge. There is a lot of large tree blowdowns, but they are pretty easy to navigate because of the lack of branches on the trees. Occasionally there is what Dean would call a "use trail" along parts of the ridge. The first 1 mile is steep, then the last .6 miles of hike is a nice easy ridge walk at the top gaining maybe 100'. I encourage you to walk the ridge to East & West peak just northeast of this one.
I saw no goats, but 25+ Sheep. No register on either peak, but lots of Cairns along the ridge.

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Goat Mountain as seen from Ramsey Mountain to the West (2015-08-01). Photo by Ryder Irvine.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1643 ft / 500 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Up Slopes
    Trailhead:Blocked Road  8300 ft / 2529 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Goat

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Goat Mountain2015-08-01 A1643 ft / 501 m
2East and West Peak2015-08-01 B84 ft / 26 m
Total Trip Gain: 1727 ft / 527 m    Total Trip Loss: 1727 ft / 527 m

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