A scenic ramble. Take the low route below goat citadel.
Camped at Warm Lake and went straight up to the ridge and hiked it nearly all the way to the summit. What an enjoyable way to spend a day. Not difficult at all. Clouds socked in the summit right as we got there, but we waited them out and it cleared completely. The Goat Rocks is nicer than I thought it would be. There was a herd of over 50 goats on the slopes below. We didn't see them, but a goat survey party camped at Warm Lake showed us the photos.
Did Gilbert and Tieton in a single 16.5 hour day. Followed the Klickton Divide route from Surprise Lake. See my trip report.
While Ken did this as an overnighter, Greg S. and I did this as a single-day ascent/descent. It was a very long day, made into even more of a grind with temperatures in the mid-80s. I recommend the route from Conrad Meadows/Warm Lake but most people should only do this as an overnighter. Fun upper steep snowfield traverse and summit scramble. Great summit views. Highly recommended summit.
Low snow year but basin below the Meade was still mostly snow. Some steep snow just below the summit scramble.
We tried the approach through Conrad Meadows and up to the Meade Glacier basin over a long 4th of July break. The basin below the Meade was totally snow covered save for the one melted out point where we camped. Made good time from camp up the "glacier" and to the ridgeline below the peak. We traversed over to the west face but were stopped by the steep snow barely clinging to loose rubble. We probably could have crossed but the runout was nasty and it was getting late in the day so we headed back. RT from camp was 5.5 hours which included some dawdling and filling up our water jugs. Beautiful area and an awesome route up the Meade basin, when I go back I'll wait till late July or August so the upper snowfield is completely gone, would be a simple but loose scramble when snow free.
We tried the traverse from Big Horn after reaching that summit. We made it to within a 50 vertical feet of the summit of Goat Citadel before realizing that we had run out of time. I'll be back, probably from the standard approach.
Can't remember the exact date in Sept. 2001, but threw in down from Conrad Meadows in 1 day even with a late start (~10:00 AM). Took a shotgun for grouse hunting. Left it just below the final summit block scramble.
Buggy down in the pastures, one of the longest and most interesting ridge traverses I've done. Saw a long mound of rocks with cross coming out of head and Nalgene bottle buried under a layer. I think someone was buried here.
Climbed with Edward. WE did Big Horn earlier in the day. A bit of a scramble getting around the Citadel.
The approach is a bit long, dusty and feces-laden. Nonetheless, the beautiful upper basin above 6000 feet makes up for it. I would have liked this peak less if there were more scree and less snow.
Fun climb with R3. Downed-tree/dirt grabbing approach. Skinned from 6000 feet. Icy conditions on last scramble to summit. Fun ski on soft corn. Well earned taco cones and miller.
The easy approach is quickly forgotten when you get on the nasty rock traverse. Study the route pictures. I wish I had. I ran into a Mazama group here and they were the only other people on the mountain that weekend. Once on the open NW Ridge, I dropped my camping gear and went to the summit for sunset pictures. What a view! Better than Adams or St. Helens imo. The bivy was crystal clear with plenty of meteors. I descended into the marine layer and said goodbye to summer.
Yeah, what Brian said...
Easy approach to camp. The route from camp to Gilbert has just enough danger associated with it to make it fun. Call me nuts, but I like that stuff! I'm looking forward to going back to tag some of the technical stuff...also, the Cispus Basin looks like a cool way to tag Ive's and Old Snowy
Climbed the West Route with Karl Helser. Beautiful easy hike in to one of the most magnificent basins I've seen complete with picturesque herds of goats on the hills around us. The hike in was shorter than we thought so we decided to climb Ives Peak before dinner. Climbed up and enjoyed the sunset but now realized it was not Ives but Peak 7478 between Goat Rocks and Ives. Clouds would roll in at night and then roll out with lots of moisture in the air. Our plan was to hit Gilbert Peak in the morning and then Big Horn and maybe try to find a way up Goat Citadel afterwards. We barely beat the approaching system up Gilbert and then hightailed it down in clouds and misty rain. No way we could get Big Horn in the wet without knowing which gully would take us up (and not being able to see it). At least that gives us another reason to come back and enjoy the meadows again.
Yikes! This route has lots of loose rock. That said it isn't bad if you are good at knowing where to put your feet. Trip report here.
Beautiful. Recommend a camp at Warm Lake.
From great camps at Warm Lake we kicked up the snow to the ridge. It was all straight forward and fun scrambling from there. One big exposed step at the end to the summit!
We met up with our group Friday night intending to hike up to Gilbert Peak on Saturday to take advantage of the good weather before the rain moved in that night. We all made it within a couple hours of the top when my wife's knee that she had twisted on the way up was causing her too much pain to continue. She and I returned to camp (getting lost for a few minutes along the way), while the others continued successfully to the top. We hiked out on Sunday in the rain, having seen some beautiful scenery and having shared some great company.
OSAT group of Rik, Bill, Nancy, Sally, Gary, Doug, Andrew, and Dan spent the night in Cispus Basin. We completed the summit the next day, following the scramble traverse and goat tracks at about 7500 ft. Previous posters took gullies up to Goat Citadel, but much of the loose gully ugliness of this climb can be avoided by traversing the majority of the route at 7500 elevation rather than going up to the Big Horn/Goat Citadel Basin before traversing SE.
This was my "Return to Goat Rocks" climb -- see posting regarding my 2000 accident and Blackhawk evacuation from Klickton Divide.
I've also posted a detailed route report.