Ascent of 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:Goat Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:4596 ft / 1400 m

Ascent Trip Report

See Grouse, Damn, and Little Goat Mountain TRs for discussion of hiking and trails leading to this 4th peakbagging summit of the day.

Big Goat Mountain via Goat Ridge Trail:

There is some false saddles on the way to Goat but the connecting saddle from the Alpine Trail to the Goat Mountain Trail is not the col saddle that gives it the big prominence. That saddle is the on the trail to Crown, so you can get Goat without descending nearly as deep back down into the valley. Thus, you go down perhaps 300 feet and then ascend about 700 feet to the summit of Goat. The trail is wicked steep from the saddle up. The park installed some rope and chains for the ascent and it is not a class 1 hike. It is climbing. Class 2+ and some 3 grabbing on to rocks and roots much of the way. The rope and chain is not really needed in dry conditions but I would think after rain, the additional lines would be a blessing. The summit has excellent views. You can see Baker in Washington, the ocean and inlet harbor, Vancouver, the snow filled summits to the north, and of course, a great view of Crown Mountain and “The Camel.” The Crown and Camel together form a sexy twin paring of rocky mountain tops. With my legs still shaking, Crown continued to call out at me. I downed more Gatorade urging my mitochondria to start making some ATP and placing it back into the system. I had already experienced two calf cramps coming up the Grind so I wanted to be careful.

Climbing back down the steep Goat summit trail back to the junction with the Alpine Trail and the Trail that leads to the Crown, it was once again, decision time. Still nobody back here with me in the backcountry. Perhaps my bear retardant dog barking had scared all hikers away for miles?

In any event, I decided to go on and down climb the 700 feet to the col and then up climb the Crown of about 1,200 feet knowing I would have to come back this way and upclimb the 700 feet again. With all of the hiking and I did to just get to this spot I was on track for a full 6,000 foot day. See TR for Crown for details of Crown.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:976 ft / 297 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1151 ft / 350 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:851 ft / 259 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 741 ft / 225 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Goat Ridge Trail to summit
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between peaks  3855 ft / 1175 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1041 ft / 317 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 916 ft / 279 m; Extra: 125 ft / 38m
    Gain on way out:125 ft / 38 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:same to Alpine Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle between peaks  3680 ft / 1121 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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