Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2016-08-20

Climber: George Burgess

Others in Party:Mari Federow
Date:Saturday, August 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Elevation:5407 ft / 1648 m

Ascent Trip Report

With FS 25 washed out and the east side approach inaccessible, I decided to tackle Goat Mountain from Goat Creek. This turns it into a pretty massive undertaking, and I bailed on two attempts prior to this one, due to companions who couldn't hack it. This time, though, my friend Mari and I were going to do it as an overnight. The forecast was for 100° weather, so we left Portland around 3:30, hitting the trail a little before 7:00. The first evening's walk was enchanting, featuring a spectacular harvest moon and lots of stars. We finally made camp a little before 10:00 just past the Vanson Peak saddle. We sipped vodka muddled with blueberries and went to sleep.

The next morning, we packed up camp quickly and efficiently and got underway. The first couple miles descended slowly before the trail found the mountain and started ascending. We followed it to the saddle point east of the peak, then turned up the ridge. A mile or so of cross-country travel with occasional boot-track brought us to a scramble section ... upper Class III, but not particularly exposed. I negotiated it easily and walked the last couple hundred feet to the summit. Mari was pretty worked over by the walk, and wasn't feeling up to the scramble, so she stuck behind. We quickly got out of the sun, and made our way back to the car, feeling pretty beat up by the end. A strenuous but satisfying climb.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5332 ft / 1624 m
    Extra Gain:1100 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:23 mi / 37 km
    Route:Goat Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:Goat Creek Trailhead  2275 ft / 693 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by George Burgess
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