I have written about Goat before, it is one of my favorite places and I sleep here once or twice a year. Wander Brewery had their 3rd anniversary the night before so I was a bit slower than I might have been. Once again I just went up to the meadow where I enjoyed to the views while having a snack and then heading down. I was trying to get down in time to go pitch in on the road repair over on Glacier Creek Rd.
I had driven up the road a few weeks prior so I knew that it was open. I also knew that I wanted to get on the trail somewhat early so that the walk up would be on firm snow. What with all the beer and all I got there early enough but coming down the snow was soft.
The first mile of the hike gains elevation gradually through a series of switchbacks. At a mile there is a short steeper section but it is real short, just a couple of hundred feet then the trail becomes relatively flatish for about 0.75 mi. Then the up starts again.
The snow started consistently at 3700 ft so I switched out of my approach boots (Salomons) and put on the moutaineering boots (Scarpa’s) and spikes. As on the day before on Heliotrope, I was taking my snow shoes out for a ride again but did use them on the way down so I was glad I had them. The thing I love about snow is that I can pick my own path.
There was one other group of people on the mountain today. They were booting/skinning up to the summit (don’t know if they were shooting for east or west) for a ski down. While I stopped at the meadow there were boot tracks and ski tracks leading on upwards.