Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2014-10-31

Climber: Andrew Coates

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, October 31, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:4596 ft / 1400 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked up the Grouse Grind in about 55 minutes, huffing and puffing but honestly it is not that challenging for someone in good shape. I started before sunrise, which made for a fun hike. At the top I got directions to the Alpine trail (follow the bear tracks then go under the Peak ski lift).

From that point there was a short dirt road section before the route became a single track just after the trail map and register. I took the Ridge route primarily, bagging Dam Mountain and Little Goat mountain before meeting back up with Alpine Trail to the summit of Goat. There are a few spots where it was not totally clear where the trail went, but I never had to backtrack more than a couple minutes.

Although mostly cloudy, the clouds broke from time to time for great views of Crown Mountain and others. The last scramble to the summit was lots of fun and challenging. In dry conditions it would be moderately difficult; in the wet it was dicey at times. I can only imagine the views from the summit on a clear day.

On the way back to the ski resort, I took the Alpine trail the whole way, a much easier and quicker hike. Since downhill hiking on the Grind isn't allowed, I took the ski lift back down to the trail head.
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Goat Mountain, from near the summit of Little Goat Mountain (2014-10-31). Photo by Andrew Coates.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3776 ft / 1150 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3776 ft / 1150 m
    Route:Grouse Grind, Ridge/Alpine trail
    Start Trailhead:820 ft / 249 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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