Ascent of Little Goat Mountain on 2016-09-16

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Goat Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:4341 ft / 1323 m

Ascent Trip Report

See TR for Grouse and Dam Mountain for details leading up to the third peakbagging of the morning...

Little Goat Mountain via Ridge Trail:

Little Goat Mountain is also bagged from the Ridge Trail to the west of the Alpine Trail and is actually a little lower in elevation than Dam but now you get to the part of the ridge line where you have to make your choice of which more difficult summit you want to grab. Big Goat Mountain or Crown? I wanted both but my legs were still shaky. Then I noticed my peakbagging notes and both had over 1,000 feet of prominence. Ut oh! Sounds like a deep saddle or two ahead. The topo maps are horrible in this part of the country and in meters so I viewed the depth and steepness of the valley ahead and considered my options. Still alone in the backwoods with shaky legs, I better go grab the far easier, Big Goat and see how I feel. Returning with at least one 1000 foot prominence peak is not too bad in case my legs are not recovered to do the harder Crown.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:198 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:526 ft / 160 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 0.9 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:178 ft / 54 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 158 ft / 49 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between peaks  4183 ft / 1274 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:506 ft / 154 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 486 ft / 148 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  3855 ft / 1175 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Grouse-Crown-BC

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Grouse Mountain2016-09-16 a3252 ft / 991 m
2Dam Mountain2016-09-16 b626 ft / 191 m
3Little Goat Mountain2016-09-16 c198 ft / 60 m
4Goat Mountain2016-09-16 d976 ft / 297 m
5Crown Mountain2016-09-16 e1589 ft / 484 m
Total Trip Gain: 6641 ft / 2023 m    Total Trip Loss: 6644 ft / 2025 m

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