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post #1 of 5 Old 09-02-2009, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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The Goat Hole

Other than sounded vaguely obscene was a tremendous time!
The “Goat Hole” is actually the Goat Lake Basin not too far from the Crystal Mountain ski area. There is plenty of parking at the sand flats horse camp. From the horse camp area head across the road and uphill! After a few miles and even more views you’ll reach the top of the ridge and get your first peeks of the basin. Head down hill across a shale slope or two and you’re there!
Plenty of good camping spots are available as well as a pit toilet (or as I like to say a “loo with a view”). Mountain goats can be seen and heard in the cliffs above you. Goat lake has water but there is a good spring fed stream that provides water closer to the main camping spots.
From Goat Basin you can easily head out on and connect with many other trails and mountain lakes.
I went with a Washington State BCH group and had a ball! For the scenery, solitude, and ease of access (ease of access and solitude does seem like an oxymoron but is certainly true here) I’d have to say that this bit of trail ranks easily in my high country top ten.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-02-2009, 10:40 PM
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So, did you see any goats?

Haha I'm kidding. Looks gorgeous!!! I wish there were places like that around here! Absolutely beautiful!

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Yes, we did see goats! First thing in the morning we saw about 15 of them. Not real close but binoculars helped with that!

Some of the people riding out from camp on day rides said they had rocks rolling past them that the goats had kicked from above. I didn't see that but is does make for a good story!

There seems to be a fair number of mountain goats in this area. I also saw some near Basin Lake a few weeks ago.

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That looks beautiful.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-03-2009, 05:40 PM
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Really beautiful place for such an odd name sounds like you had a great time and the weather was good too. I heard it has been unusually dry and warm in your part of the country.

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