155 – Goat Lake

Backpacking back into the Goat Rocks Wilderness to set up camp in the Jordan Basin the day after fleeing for a night to dry out in the town of Packwood, WA (go here –https://60before60.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/59-backpacking-goat-rocks-wilderness-berry-patch-to-jordan-basin/  – to read about that), we awoke to sunny skies. Mother earth had managed to absorb a majority of the four to six inches of precipitation that had caused such quick flooding along the streams and trails just days before making it a great day for us to continue hiking along the Goat Ridge Trail ( http://www.nwhiker.com/GPNFHike14.html ) and on to Goat Lake.

Climbing talus slopes
Kenton Doughty climbing talus slopes to Goat Lake

The views were spectacular! Here’s the now flat topped Mount Saint Helens from our trail.

Mount Saint Helens . . . from the trail
Mount Saint Helens . . . from the trail

And the mighty Mount Adams. Beautiful!

Mount Adams
Mount Adams

It was hard to believe that we had been rained out just days before as it was such a beautiful day to be out on the trail. It felt like we were basking in sunshine!

Along the trail to Goat Lake
Along the trail to Goat Lake

Continuing to gain elevation as we worked our way up the rocky trail, we finally reached Goat Lake. Well above the tree line and surrounded with nothing but walls of rock, mounds of ice still floated in the lake

Goat Lake
Goat Lake

Hoping to see goats while hiking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, to my delight, high up on a grassy ledge above the lake, we observed this herd.

Goats grazing above Goat Lake
Goats grazing above Goat Lake

Go here – http://www.everytrail.com/destination/goat-rocks-wilderness – for directions and information about hiking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.

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