Cowlitz County High Point Trip Report

Goat Mountain (4,965 ft)

Date: September 19, 2003
Authors: Dean Molen and Bill Jacobs

We met in Cougar Washington, a small community west of Mt. St. Helens. From there we followed the excellent instructions received from Bob Bolton on how to get to the right parking spot and proceeded to find it easily.

Since it was raining, we donned rain gear and proceeded to make our way up the side of the mountain (no trail). We went up a little further south than others had done but the route went fine, right up to the south ridge at 4400 feet. Bill placed "hot" pink ribbon to guide us back down (which we picked up) as we descended later on.

We tagged the south summit, then moved north to pick up the benchmarked central HP and then north to pick up the other high spot which would have been easy to miss had we not known about it. We had fog and mist and visibility was very poor.

We retraced our steps and headed down our well marked "hot pink" path to the trail that is made for OHV and horses. We followed that about 1/4 mile back to Bill's vehicle.

Time up and back was 5 hours.

Note: If you plan this one right, you can also pick up Clark county on the same day.