Ascent of West Goat Peak on 2011-08-24

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Goat Peak
    Elevation:10793 ft / 3289 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Trail 129 to the saddle ESE of the peak, and then cross-country to the top via lower Lost Lake.

The trailhead is not as hard to find as some reports would imply. The trail sign itself is missing from its post, but there is a sign (white) about vehicle restrictions visible from the forest road, and another about weed-free feed (red) just up the trail. Using my GPS I measured the trailhead to be 0.22 miles easterly of the large culvert where the Middle Fork passes under the road.

The trail itself is a bit sketchy in spots, but you should not lose it except in the boggy area around 7900' (at least, I didn't). Basic woodcraft skills (like looking for cut logs and blazes, and intuiting where the trail "should" go based on your hiking experience) will help you pick it up again. Also, my attached GPS track may prove useful. Wear footgear that is appropriate for wet conditions underfoot, even in the height of the dry season.

Resource credits: I referenced the page for this peak, several trip reports on the site, and Cedron Jones's "Peakbagging Montana" book (as well as assorted maps).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4563 ft / 1390 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4563 ft / 1390 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.8 mi / 22.2 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4463 ft / 1360 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4363 ft / 1330 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6.9 mi / 11.1 km
    Route:Trail 129, then via lower Lost Lake and E Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Trail 129 trailhead  6430 ft / 1959 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4463 ft / 1360 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4363 ft / 1330 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6.9 mi / 11.1 km
    End Trailhead:Trail 129 trailhead  6430 ft / 1959 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

Download this GPS track as a GPX file

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