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Billy Goat

North Cascades > Pasayten
48.7825, -120.3179 Map & Directions
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,200 feet
Highest Point
6,600 feet
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Hiking the Billy Goat Trail allows hikers to access lonely country like Whistler Basin. Photo by willithewanderer.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
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Enjoy the path-less-traveled as you ascend to Billy Goat Pass for spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. Connect to Burch Mountain or the Larch Creek trail as you walk through wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Continue reading

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Hiking Billy Goat

The Billy Goat trail is a popular access trail that allows hikers to trek deep within the Pasayten Wilderness. Enjoy views of many peaks as you walk through the forest in the Billy Goat drainage. Wildflowers are abundant, so be sure to enjoy the views on the ground just as much as the views up above.

Begin the trip from the Billy Goat Trailhead. If you are starting from the horse trailhead (an extra mile), continue straight and to the right when you reach the junction. If you start from the hiker trailhead, you will reach the junction with the Hidden Lakes trail on the left. To stay on the trail to Billy Goat Pass, go past this junction and quickly come upon the next and turn left. If you go straight, you will simply make a loop to the horse trailhead.

Once you have found the main trail, climb steeply for 2.7 miles and 2200 feet of elevation gain up to Billy Goat Pass. Behind you at the junction, you will see Billy Goat Mountain. If you follow the trail to the right, you will see and reach Burch Mountain, which is a popular destination.

Continue left and descend the pass through a series of switchbacks. When you reach the bottom, cross Drake Creek on a bridge and intersect with the Larch Creek trail, the ultimate destination of this trail. In the summer, wildflower blooms are spectacular and include lilies, lupine, columbine, clematis, and many more.

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Hike Description Written by
McKenzie Carlson, WTA Correspondent

Billy Goat

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.7825, -120.3179 Open in Google Maps

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Getting There

From Winthrop travel north on Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) for 9 miles. Turn left on to the Forest Service Road 5130 follow the signs for 17 miles to the Billy Goat Trailhead. Horse riders can take a steep trail near the hitch rails or ride the road to the upper hiker trailhead. Travel the Hidden Lakes Trail 477 for 4 miles to Drake Creek; Larch Creek trails branches to the right at this point.

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North Cascades > Pasayten

Billy Goat (#502.1)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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