Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2017-07-02

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Elevation:6600 ft / 2011 m

Ascent Trip Report

I summited Goat via the traverse over from Davis peak. The area is quite beautiful and staying high on the crest provides stunning views the entire way of slopes with wildflowers above crystal blue tarns and lakes. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, so there were even distant views to peaks such as Adams, Sloan, and Glacier. While there was snow, there was much less than I was expecting and the snow I did find was entirely avoidable if I had been so inclined.

I started shortly after 8 am allowing me to beat the heat up to Davis. The switchbacks ascend the south slope, but there are open patches and the forest burned higher up, which makes for a warm dry hike later in the day. The trail goes from the old lookout on Davis to the central peak, where it ends just south of the summit block. From there I could see Goat quite a ways to the north separated by rocky terrain and several ribs.

I decided to bag North Davis rather than traverse into the Opal basin. From the notch, I traversed around on the west side of the ridge until I found an obvious class 3 gulley going straight up. This put me just south of the top and a small amount of mildly exposed scrambling put me on the summit proper. From the summit it is clear that there is easier terrain asscessible from the Opal basin, which I almost decided to descend. However, I decided to continue on the crest hoping to pass two minor peaklets to reach wide open slopes just beyond. However, it quickly became apparent that I would likely have to downclimb over rocky terrain, while the basin to the east was mostly snow field. I opted to hop and on the snow and aim from the saddle leading to goat via the drainage rather than the crest.

The route winds down the valley toward a lake below and then traverse around a rib to a smaller drainage leading up to a saddle. I ended up doing a small amount of bushwhacking here, though I could have avoided it by gaining elevation and moving to grassier slopes higher up to the west. From the saddle it was a traverse across a rapidly melting valley to the crest. The crest put me directly in front of Goat and I simply had to drop down and ascend loose slopes to attain the ridge directly southwest of the summit. On the summit, I found a register with a few signatures and enjoyed the views.

On the return, I decided to mix things up and get to Central Davis via the west side of the crest. This route is more difficult than the east side and routfinding is less straightfoward. On the slopes between the ridge and Lake Terence, there are some route finding challenges. Namely, there are cliffs dropping down to the lake, which I didn't particularly care for climbing directly above on loose or grassy slopes. I did however find several goat paths that I was able to string together that got me to the talus fields just north of Central Davis. From there I climbed the southwest peak and descended the ridge back down to the trail for the warm hike back out to the car.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6657 ft / 2028 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6657 ft / 2028 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.9 mi / 22.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5372 ft / 1637 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4087 ft / 1246 m; Extra: 1285 ft / 391m
    Loss on way in:1285 ft / 391 m
    Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Route:Traverse from Davis
    Start Trailhead:Davis Peak TH  2513 ft / 765 m
    Time:3 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5372 ft / 1637 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4087 ft / 1246 m; Extra: 1285 ft / 391m
    Gain on way out:1285 ft / 391 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:Traverse from Davis
    End Trailhead:Davis Peak TH  2513 ft / 765 m
    Time:3 Hours 12 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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