Hi Don, I finally got up here. Fun times. Trail is now well established. Camped at an amazing spot off spur road just a bit further up 8117: N 46° 10.392 W 122° 18.663
Adam and I climbed this after doing Mt. St. Helens earlier in the day. Trip Report.
I was only able to drive to the last road intersection, due to large branches all over the final road, adding 0.8 miles roundtrip to my hike. The hike was steep, but I remained focused throughout and had a great hiking time... 1h20m on the ascent, 40m on the descent. Great views of Mount Saint Helens. I heard a pack of coyotes (or wild dogs?) howling in the valley between Goat Mountain and Mount Saint Helens. I was the fifth person to visit the mountain summit during the past three weeks. Goat Mountain was my 18th WA CoHP. My hiking time was so quick that I had enough time leftover to also do the Clark CoHP the same day.
This went pretty smoothly and the forest, while steep, really is not bad by Cascades standards. I was a bit surprised at how easy it was as the mtn looks more class 4ish from most angle but my route was basically class 2.
This was not my favorite climb. In the middle of July it was hot and the black flies were having lunch at my expense.
Arrived at the mountain bright and early (around noon). As I left the road and headed up into the trees, I quickly put my tracking skills to work. It was clear that a large herd of elk had recently gone straight up toward the summit. I was a little confused by the fact that some were wearing boots, but no matter.
It wasn't long before I encountered Lord Klenke, and his entourage, descending (see log entries below). In my shock at realizing they weren't elk, I did forget to bow. The bruises from my well deserved thrashing are already starting to fade.... They graciously offered me advice that to reach the summit, the best direction was up.
After visiting the different summit bumps, I headed back down. I kept hearing a mechanical whirring noise from below. When I got to the road I found a recently abandoned pickup truck, buried up to its frame in the snow. Couldn't find the owner.
I soloed this one soon after deciding to attempt completion of Washington's county highpoints. Beautiful fall weather, dry and warm with a temperature inversion. I told the story in this trip report, as there's more than meets the eye here. The views on this peak are outstanding!
Just another day in paradise and Paul Klenke, Paul's friend Martin, Brian Jenkins and I were treated to a fantastic day on Goat Mountain. A frosty morning gave way to afternoon temperatures approaching 60 degrees at the mountain's base with about 50 degrees on top. A little hazy to the south but we could see Mt. Hood pretty well and even make out Mt. Defiance on the distant horizen. The views to the north and east were very clear as the pictures we posted attest.
The big challenge on this peak was trying to keep up with Paul "The Klenkinater" Klenke as he practically ran up the 40 degree, brush covered, rotten log strewn SW ridge. He took pity on us mortals and backed off enough that we could keep him in sight - most of the time.
We crested the ridge at the first of three highpoints and followed it to the summit at the approximate center of the ridge. Just to make sure, we bushwhacked to the north a few hundred yards and found the third highpoint on the ridge to be about 20 feet lower than the central one. (County highpointers have to be sure about these things!)
It doesn't get any better than this!
Bill Jacobs and I did this in the rain and we had a nice slippery up and down time but we tagged all three of the little summits including the one north of where the benchmark is located. We pretended to see Mt. St. Helens to the east but we really couldn't see through the fog. After we got down, we went and nailed the HP of Clark county, a liner on Sturgeon Rock.
Ha Ha! I got to sign the summitlog first. While Don puts up the page, I snuck in my photos first. :- )
Picked up Don Nelsen early today and met Lord Klenke and his friend Martin at Jack's in Yale. Mistake number one was missing Road 81and mistake #2 was getting the trucks stuck in snow trying to push it to the trailhead. Shovels and axes flew and we retreated to the safety of drier roads.
Pushed up this one rather quickly but it was only like 1700 feet gain. Steep though. Paul made me carry a rope and said he'd hit me if I did not. He also would kick dirt down at me from above from time to time. He's so mean that way.
Anyway, cool ridge up top. We nailed all the little summits on it and watched as Paul commanded us about from the top of a tree with his beer bottle. Met another summitposter on the way down (dundeel). He neglected to bow in reverence as Paul paraded past so we had to rough him up a little bit. Made it down safely and back home before dinner. Thank you, Lord Klenke for allowing us to share your presence on this day. Amen.