Elevation gain - 530 m (1,750 ft). Time and distance are return
The hike to Goat Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park starts as an easy stroll along the Snowshoe Trail. This section of the trail (4.6 km) is also very easy to bike on. There were a few stream crossing in mid-May when we went but stepping on rocks allowed us to stay dry. Once you reach the fork in the trail (there is a sign directing you to the right for Goat Lake) the trail becomes much more steep and exposed, you will have to leave your bikes behind here. There is some scree near the top but the trail zig zags up the mountain so it isn't bad. Lots of wildflowers along the trail and we saw a mountain goat across the valley.
Distance is one way.
Drive up Red Rock Road in Waterton NP and park at the end. There is a large parking lot and a large trailhead sign so you can't miss it.
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Posted By: Jmglenn
- Fri Jul 27 02:49:10 UTC 2007
UpsideThis trail was an excellent workout. As stated above the trail does start out very easy but then quickly becomes a good burn on the calves. The view from the trail as you come above the tree line is worth the workout. DownsideNone. One thing though, go early in the morning if you are there in the summer, by late afternoon it was very busy. CommentI would highly recommend this trail to anyone who enjoys the challenge and a beautiful mountain lake.