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Goat Peak Hike
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Length: 5 mile RT
Elevation Change: 1400' cumulative elevation gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Challenging
NWF Pass Required

Features: The Goat Peak Lookout trail alternates between forest and open meadow as it ascends the north ridge of the peak. The last half-mile to the lookout is along an open ridge with good views of the rugged North Cascades peaks. There is no water on this trail. This is a steep but short trail with fine views of the Methow Valley. At one time there were fire lookout towers on many of the peaks in this area. In recent years, aerial reconnaissance has gradually replaced these lonely outposts. Goat Peak is the only lookout in the Methow Valley Ranger District that is still staffed.

For the past several years, the peak has been manned by a fellow who calls himself Lightening Bill. He has been known to greet visitors with a broad smile and little "gifts, compliments of the USFS.

How to get there:

From Winthrop drive west on State Route 20 and turn right just before the Weeman Bridge onto Okanogan County Road 1163. Drive 3.4 miles turning right onto Forest Service Road 52. Drive 2.2 miles and turn left on Forest Service Road 5225. Drive 3.3 miles and turn right on Forest ServiceRoad 5225-200. Drive 2.5 miles to the trailhead.

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