North bowl of Goat Mountain

7/25/21
WA Cascades West Slopes North (Mt Baker)
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Posted by aleski on 7/25/21 9:01am

Scanning WA state satellite images for July turns, the north side of Goat Mountain showed > 1,200' vertical of snow. 

This WTA trip report for Winchester Mountain included a recent picture of the north bowl snow coverage.

We started by scouting a north side ascent via Swamp creek from the Twin Lakes road. The snow line was only ~800' above the valley floor, but the thick brush and steep creek + waterfalls looked like either a significant suffer fest or impassable.

We opted to instead climb the south side summer trail and cross-country to the saddle between Goat Mountain West and Goat Mountain. The vegetation changed from head-high to ankle-high about 5,200', and we left the trail at ~5,600' to traverse / climb to the notch.

We skied ~1,200' down the north side, stopped when we saw large stream holes in the snow pack, and booted back up to the saddle.

Snow was firm, mildly suncupped, and well worth it.

Sunset over Baker and Shuksan.

Total price was ~5,000' vertical.

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Satellite snow image from 7-19-21

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Shuksan

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Ptarmigan Ridge, Table Mountain, Bagley Lakes

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Aiming for the notch between the Goat peaks

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Goat West Summit from the notch

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The run

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Harvest

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A few more pictures

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Paying it back

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Picture of the north bowl seen from Winchester Mountain, taken a few days before we skied it by WTA member Drawntohighplaces.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report-2021-07-17-7599341938


This is the best looking recent run posted.  KUDOS! Do you happen to have a GPS track you'd share?  I'm coming from Utah and am unfamiliar with the area. 


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