Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2020-11-26

Climber: James Barlow

Date:Thursday, November 26, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Elevation:4965 ft / 1513 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked where the snow stopped my outback. A 4wd jeep could have made it to the normal TH in this level of snow as there were tire tracks in the snow to 3200’. I opted to MTB further and it surprisingly worked to where the road crosses a stream around 3120’ where I stashed my bike in the trees. I put on snowshoes at the junction at 3224’ as I left the nice tire track and got into deep snow on the unused Rd 470 spur. I was able to follow the use trail, which was anything between snow-free and fresh deep powder all the way up, with only snow higher up. No bushwhacking at all. If you want this gem, go now and enjoy the snowshoe track I put in! I did both summits off course and my completely unscientific assessment is that I did more downhill and less uphill to get to the northern bump. I made a small shortcut on the way down from the summit ridge to the main ridge to rejoin and follow my ascent track the whole way. The MTB ride down from 3120’ to my car was a wet, sloppy, muddy adventure, but taking the MTB saved a lot of time both directions. Between melting snow falling off trees, some light misting on the ascent, and all the water and mud thrown up by the bike tires on the descent, everything I was wearing plus my pack were soaked through. Thankfully I had a full change of clothes in the car for the next peak. Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2249 ft / 685 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2249 ft / 685 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:FR 8117 - FR 470- Use Trail
    Start Trailhead:2716 ft / 827 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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