Located in the Mount Baker Wilderness, Goat Mountain is a good trail for novice hikers looking for a challenge. Gradual, well maintained switchbacks rise out of the valley to sub-alpine meadows overlooking Shuksan, Baker and Sefrit. This south-facing trail usually melts out early and is a good way to start the hiking season.
Difficulty: Moderate, difficult near top
Elevation gain: 2,900 feet
Round trip: 7 miles
Hiking time: 6 hours
Best times to hike: mid-June to early October
Users: Hikers, pack animals
Family friendly: Young children might find it difficult.
Dogs: Dogs are allowed in all Mount Baker Wilderness areas.
Amenities: Several primitive campsites in the meadow. No restroom — use the one at the beginning of Hannegan Pass Road (Forest Service Road 32).
Current conditions: Patches of snow still cover the upper parts of the meadow. Call Glacier Public Service Center at (360) 599-2714.
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass required; $5 for the day or $30 for an annual pass.
Maps: Green Trails No. 14: Mount Shuksan; USGS: Mount Larrabee.
Getting there: From the Glacier Public Service Center on Highway 542, drive east for 13 miles. Just before crossing the Nooksack River, turn left on Hannegan Pass Road. After about a mile, the road splits; stay to the left. The trailhead is 2½ miles from the highway. Drive time from Bellingham: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Parking: Park just before or just beyond the trailhead.