Hike Distance: 9.1 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 815.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1213 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 78453 feet
Carol had a doctors appointment so we got out for hiking on the late side. It was a last minute decision to hike to Goat Marsh from the Kalama Horse Camp.
The trail from the Kalama Horse Camp is rather contorted and not obvious unless you’re familiar with the area. We essentially took the Kalama Ski Trail, crossed a couple of roads and then headed up a very rocky and scree-like trail to the Goat Marsh Trail, and then heading to this natural area. There is a nice sign and wooden fence at the entrance to Goat Marsh, and it is for hikers only. The trail is easy to follow and wraps around the southern boundary of the marsh.
The main draw to Goat Marsh is the spectacular view of the marsh itself, with Goat Mt. in the background, and the absolutely spectacular view of Mt. St. Helens! Today didn’t disappoint with the amazingly still water and reflection of Mt. St. Helens. During a past hike we have also seen a herd of elk in the grasslands north of the marsh. A truly gratifying day to escape reality. Another perk was the absence of hikers and we only saw one group of horseback riders early in the hike. 🙂