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VanHiker from Vancouver writes:

Very nice hike with some challenging bits. You can extend the hike on goat ridge for a few more K.M.

    Posted: October 18, 2022 07:01:59 PM PST

    Olivia from Vancouver writes:

    Had a lot of fun doing this hike today solo! I ran a little and walked a little. Definitely some clambering toward the summit. Only saw two other groups. I didn't see any bears, but the gentleman who was already at the top did, but scared it off with an air horn. Be sure to be noisy and bring all your essentials with you!

    There was some garbage left at the top. PLEASE PACK OUT WHAT YOU BRING IN.

      Posted: September 2, 2020 03:13:18 PM PST

      AC Milan from Vancouver writes:

      Great moderate hike but not enough markers! It was cloudy today so there was no view at all. This is not a hike for people who have not done hikes with chains and ropes. Apparently there was an aggressive bear yesterday who charged a guy who then fell into a gully. He is apparently unharmed though.
      Will definitely go again in hopes of a view! Very fun for moderate hikers who want a bit of fun climbing up steep rocks.

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        Posted: September 1, 2018 07:54:14 PM PST

        Ana from North Vancouver writes:

        A first backcountry hiking for me. Loved it! Spectacular feeling of being far away from everything. Views were limited due to haze conditions! Will do it again very soon.

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          Posted: August 21, 2018 08:26:43 AM PST

          j from Vancouver writes:

          The snow has almost completely gone now. A couple of patches, but you can navigate this in regular hiking shoes no problem.
          We went up today & were literally the only people at the top, it was magic. You’ll need bugspray as there were a few flies & mosquitoes in the bushier parts, but nothing too bad. Beautiful views the entire way & probably one of the best day hikes i’ve done in Vancouver. The view of crown mountain is spectacular. Enjoy!

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            Posted: July 18, 2018 10:22:42 PM PST

            DJH from North Vancouver writes:

            Tues July 3, 2018: Good hike, still lost of snow in places, so best with microspikes.

            Unfortunately, someone left the top strewn with garbage - including lots of plastic cups, vitamin bottles, magazines, cardboard, papers. Looked like a garbage dump. Found a plastic garbage bag, filled it and Guest Services will have it removed (bag was too compromised & heavy to hike it out). There is still more rubbish over the side where it would be dangerous to try to remove it.

            I don't understand how someone could be so stupid & inconsiderate of others and of a beautiful setting.

              Posted: July 4, 2018 09:36:33 AM PST

              Ed from Vancouver writes:

              -view at the top is absolutely amazing. Overlooks Grouse Mountain by 300m. Can see everything from Mount Baker to the airport
              -trail is well marked. Tough to get lost. Follow the "Alpine Trail"
              -only takes about 4hrs of hiking
              -there are only a couple steep sections with chains/ropes. Any inexperienced hiker can climb up easily.

              -gondola ride is a total rip off ($50 per person)
              -entire gondola process is VERY inconvenient. You have to wait for a ride up. Then at the top we waited in a huge line for 45min to come back down.

              I will not be doing any Grouse Mountain hikes again. It's a waste of time and money to get up and down the gondola (especially on a sunny day). You're better off driving to Cypress or Seymour.

                Posted: September 5, 2017 03:38:37 PM PST

                Aurora from Surrey writes:

                Went on August 7th for a BC day hike. Having only been on a few easy, barely intermediate hikes, Goat Mountain was a little hard for me! However, with a few short breaks it was a pleasant experience and I would do it again. There and back was 4 hours for me. Smoke from the wildfires clouded the view, but it was still gorgeous nonetheless.

                Few patches of snow that are melting relatively quickly, so be careful where you step. Probably a good idea to have waterproof shoes just in case, but I just had runners and was fine. It was my first time doing a hike with ropes and chains so it was low key terrifying towards the end but exhilarating! Trail is well-marked!

                Took the gondola up (was ~$45 for the cheapest ticket). The free option is to do the Grouse Grind, but I was definitely not ready for that on top of another hike...

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                  Posted: August 10, 2017 09:19:10 PM PST

                  Tim from Vancouver writes:

                  Conditions were generally very good today; a nice treat for BC Day. There are some patches of snow but nothing that interferes with navigation. Trails were well-marked. Haze from faraway wildfire smoke limited views but the local terrain was impressive anyway. I accidentally took the bypass up to the Goat Mountain summit, which was fun!, but, if you'd like a saner ascent, remember to look towards the right for trail markers once you ascend the first set of chains.

                  A few other notes, from north to south: the Goat Ridge Trail beyond Goat Mountain looked snowy and wet; I didn't attempt it. The trail marker illustrating the southern exit from the clearing at the top of Little Goat Mountain is on a tree which has fallen, which makes it a little difficult to find. The Ridge Trail near its southernmost junction with the Alpine Trail, south of Dam Mountain, is quite muddy.

                  I hiked up the Grind; after recovering with an oat-fudge bar, I reached the registration board by 10:40 and the summit by noon. I had the trails almost to myself on the way up! Maybe the haze kept folks away?

                    Posted: August 7, 2017 06:28:22 PM PST

                    Jonathan from Vancouver writes:

                    The snow is still across the trail in the higher elevations and you need to be careful with your footing, but once you get to the top, you forget all about the snow. We did it in t-shirts and shorts today. Bring lots of sunblock...it was very bright and sunny and hot. It reminded me of Panarama ski resort, view of 1000 peaks.

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                      Posted: July 25, 2017 05:42:26 PM PST

                      Sally from Vancouver writes:

                      Tried to hike this past weekend and there is still an awful lot of snow and the trail doesn't seem to be marked properly. Had to turn back as it looked pretty dangerous in some spots and the snow really slowed me down. Will be good to hike this in the summer though because there is some fantastic views.

                        Posted: July 11, 2017 10:12:45 AM PST

                        Steve Ressler from Vancouver writes:

                        The reward to work ratio on this hike is exceptional. It only takes about 1.5 hours at a moderate pace to get from the top of the Skyride to the top of Goat Mountain (so 3 hours return, plus however much time you want to spend savoring the view at the top). The terrain is not difficult. There are some uphill sections including a couple of areas where there are chains but there are also a number of places where the trail is very flat and easy too. There is nowhere where you will feel your life is in danger. It's not a beginner hike but not a difficult hike either. You get great views in a number of spots along the route and then spectacular views once you are at the top.

                        From the description of the hike on this site and some of the comments, it sounds like a difficult hike but it really isn't. Perhaps if you have never used chains before it may sound scary, but a number of local trails use these and they are not particularly difficult to master. And the chain sections are not that long. The supposedly 'steep' part near the top is not that difficult nor scary. Perhaps I am biased as I did the Crown Mountain trail last week and there are spots there that are truly not for the faint of heart. None of that here.

                        Once you are at the top: wow! Beautiful views in all directions and plenty of space to find your own piece of rock to sit and have your lunch and savour the views.

                        There is one boulder that represents the high point and if you perch on this you can do a great panoramic 360 video. For the stunning views you get, this trail is not really a ton of work. Crown Mountain will get you slightly better views but it takes twice as long and the trail is twice as difficult with some quite treacherous sections along the way. This one is easy in comparison and the pay off almost as good. I have seen spectacular views at Eagle Bluffs, the Lions, the Chief and Crown Mountain, but the views here are truly as good (or nearly as good) but for far less work. Will definitely go back up when I want something not too challenging but with a big pay off at the end.

                          Posted: October 2, 2016 10:06:23 PM PST

                          D Stockert from Atlanta writes:

                          Wonderful hike with spectacular views. But this is an intermediate hike for sure -- at some points requiring the use of ropes or chains to climb the steepest sections. We were three couples in our 50s and in decent shape. We expected to breeze through it, but it took us a full 4 hours, including nearly an hour at the summit to take in the breathtaking views. We were amazed that this kind of trail and terrain were so easily accessible from Vancouver. Highly recommend the Goat Mountain trail!

                            Posted: September 11, 2016 08:39:46 PM PST

                            D Stockert from Atlanta writes:

                            Wonderful hike with spectacular views. But this is an intermediate hike for sure -- at some points requiring the use of ropes or chains to climb the steepest sections. We were three couples in our 50s and in decent shape. We expected to breeze through it, but it took us a full 4 hours, including nearly an hour at the summit to take in the breathtaking views. We were amazed that this kind of trail and terrain were so easily accessible from Vancouver. Highly recommend the Goat Mountain trail!

                              Posted: September 11, 2016 08:39:14 PM PST

                              Kenzie from Surrey writes:

                              I hiked Goat Mountain just yesterday and it was a phenomenal hike. The trail was exciting and fun to follow and it wasn't hard finding my way. As of right now there is still a lot of snow at the top. Made for a really cool experience that I wasn't expecting. We sadly chose a foggy day to do the hike, but overall the experience was still rewarding even without a view. I would definitely do it again on a sunny day!

                                Posted: July 12, 2016 02:30:07 PM PST

                                Stephen from Richmond writes:

                                I just visit Goat Mountain this morning and this is the first time that I go there.

                                Strongly suggest you do have a partner to go with you if you are the first time to be there. The sign is not very obvious. In addition, it is very slippery now.

                                Having said that, the view is gorgeous. One of the best views I have since hiking at BC.

                                  Posted: September 27, 2015 06:02:53 PM PST

                                  Paul K from Vancouver writes:

                                  Having asked for directions to Goat Mountain from a staff member at Grouse Mountain, I was led towards what turned out to be the most difficult and least scenic route to Dam Mountain.

                                  At one point past Dam Mountain there is a fork in the road. To the left a sign points to Little Goat Mountain and straight ahead a sign points towards the Alpine Trail. At that point, you need to go straight ahead to reach Goat Mountain.

                                  I took to the left and ended up in a blind alley after plenty of steep ups and downs. I found my way back through sheer luck, at which point I was too exhausted to attempt Goat Mountain.

                                  Basically there are very few signs towards Goat Mountain and lots forks with paths leading in all directions. It is very hard to avoid getting lost.

                                  Also, it is worth knowing that it costs nearly 50 dollars to go up and down the gondola to avoid the Grouse Grind.

                                    Posted: June 27, 2015 04:45:59 PM PST

                                    Chris from Rockville writes:

                                    What are the conditions like on this trail now? I will be in town and am thinking of hiking it June 21st 2015, but will find something else to do if there is still snow. My understanding is it has been a very light year for snow on the north shore this year.

                                      Posted: June 19, 2015 09:31:52 AM PST

                                      Graham from Vancouver writes:

                                      I attempted goat mountain Mar 22 and made it within 1km but it was snowing pretty heavily and didn't have crampons so decided to turn back. The snow definitely makes it a little difficult to find the trail if you don't have fresh tracks to follow.

                                        Posted: March 23, 2015 02:37:12 PM PST

                                        Joe from Vancouver writes:

                                        Hi All,

                                        I just did this hike last Sunday (March 8) and found the conditions to be much improved from how they seem to have been based on the last trail report.

                                        I started out taking the BCMC up to Grouse, then following the directions laid out on this site as best as possible (this is still difficult in areas as all of the trail signs and markings have not been put back up). There's hardly any snow until you get around to the northern face of Dam, then you do have to slow your pace a bit, and pick your footing rather carefully. The trails are pretty well worn in, and I didn't miss the signage too much as there was a clear footpath to follow. However, the path is hardpacked snow and ice, which is nice in that you don't sink into the snow, but microspikes of some sort would be a good idea (I did this in just my boots, but spent a bit of time wishing I'd had spikes).

                                        The trail continues in much the same way until you reach Goat and start ascending. The trail on Goat was actually a bit easier to navigate in some areas than the trail between Dam and Goat (perhaps because a fair amount of the trail on Goat faces south and gets a bit more sun). The area where chains are bolted into the rocks was wet, but not icy. The peak is still very much covered in snow, but again I didn't find myself having any issues with staying on top of the snow.

                                        My descent was a little bit longer as going down the BCMC was really grinding on my knees (I'm on the hunt for trekking poles). The other thing to note is that I came off the peak at about 1:30 and noticed a considerable difference in the texture of the trails on Goat, they were softened up a bit and had a layer of slush on top (as opposed to the ice I'd had underfoot when I came up).

                                        All in all I made it from my car at the base of Grouse up to the peak of Goat in 3 hours, including a 10-15 minute stop off at the peak chalet to refill water and swap clothes out of my pack. Spent about an hour at the peak, and then made it back to my car in another 3.5 with a final stop at the chalet.

                                        The views north from Goat were incredible, especially the closeness of Crown, but the conditions of the trail demand that you really pay attention to foot placement in some areas. Microspikes would have been a huge help, and though the trail conditions have improved, unless you have prior experience with hiking on snow and ice this may still be a trail to wait a bit on.

                                        Happy hiking!!

                                          Posted: March 12, 2015 05:31:59 PM PST

                                          Andy from North Vancouver writes:


                                          In reply to your comment. I did this climb on Saturday the 14th Feb. It is fairly accessible, but you would need to take the following:
                                          Snowshoes, crampons/spikes, poles.

                                          I've done this hike several times during summer with not much difficulty, however on Saturday the hike was slow and exhausting as we didn't take snowshoes. Every 4th footstep caused one of us to plunge quite deep into the snow (crusty surface snow, while soft underneath). Also the climb to the top was quite scary, and eventually we resorted to using our hands and knees to stop sliding down in the snow. The final climb is at an angle of over 45 degrees. And that was the less-steep route.

                                          The snow depth at the top was up to my waist, so walking around was frustrating (kept getting stuck).

                                          I personally wouldn't go near this hike unless you've done this during the summer and clearly remember the trail. All trail markings have been taken down, and the snow makes the trail almost unidentifiable compared to what it looks like in summer. Also the hike is slow-going and treacherous because of the snow.

                                          If you've ticked off all the above, I would say that the view up there on a sunny day is absolutely incredible. My son and I felt incredibly privileged to see the stunning views surrounded by all that snow. It was absolute heaven up there. The hike took us 6 hours, but I did spend quite a while taking pictures.

                                          By all means go for it, but please take the precautions I mentioned above, especially the snowshoes and poles.

                                          Have fun!

                                            Posted: February 17, 2015 10:11:21 PM PST

                                            Mikhaela from Vancouver writes:

                                            Does anyone have any thoughts on whether this might be accessible this February 2015 considering the ridiculously warm weather we've been having??

                                              Posted: February 14, 2015 08:57:27 PM PST

                                              Eric from Surrey writes:

                                              I completed this hike on July 17th, 2014. I followed the Ridge trail over Dam and Little Goat mountain before making my way up Goat Mountain. I took the Alpine trail on my way back. The trails were dry and clear of snow. In one small portion, before the first junction between the Ridge and Alpine trail, there was a fair bit of mud. Bugs were minimal except for the odd big one buzzing around my head. Great view of the surround area. A NSR helicopter was in the area. It looked like they were checking on their supply cache. Pretty cool.

                                                Posted: July 18, 2014 01:35:06 AM PST

                                                ray from west vancouver writes:

                                                Did anyone go up to the Crown recently? I am planning to do next weekend. May just try Goat Mountain if condition does warrant.

                                                  Posted: October 25, 2013 11:44:23 AM PST

                                                  Michael from Surrey writes:

                                                  Did this hike in mid-September and it was actually challenging when you factor in some of scrambling and mild chain use to get to the peak. This is coming from a person who has done many hikes upwards of 30 km in one day.

                                                  We ascended the BCMC trail first then journeyed to Dam Mountain then to Goat Mountain. The trail-head is near the Grizzly Bear pen off the road that leads to the top of grouse. For those who want to pay the $48 for the gondola to get to the top of grouse mountain, Goat Mountain hiking becomes a lot easier.

                                                  The views at the top of Goat mountain were amazing and we were the only ones up there. Friendly ravens loved my apple pieces. No bugs up there in mid September. Be careful on your descent from the peak as it is steep. Don't forget to sign out once you return from the back-country if you had signed in early at the trailhead.

                                                    Posted: October 17, 2013 07:07:31 PM PST

                                                    Greg from Vancouver writes:

                                                    A great hike. I did it last weekend, all of the snow has melted and they've fitted new signs so the trail is clearly marked now. As others have said, bug spray is essential, and the trail isn't that well maintained, but the view from the top is great.

                                                      Posted: August 31, 2013 02:28:08 PM PST

                                                      littlegreenbackpack from Calgary writes:

                                                      We hiked to Goat Mountain on 27-07-2013. There are only a few patches of snow left. As noted in the last review, the bugs are out, but they are mostly flies and we didn't have many bites.

                                                      In my opinion, the hike is more than "moderate" because the chains in the last stretch are a bit of a slog. It was also a bit of up and down over exposed tree routes.

                                                      In addition, there were no signs or maps anywhere along the trail; other hikers informed us that there used to be signs, but they were removed by vandals.

                                                      Finally, the gondola ride up and down from the parking lot is $40 pp (!!!). The ride down is only $10, but if you want to save those $30 you have to do the Grouse Grind to get to top of the gondola before starting the hike to Goat Mountain.

                                                        Posted: July 27, 2013 10:52:35 PM PST

                                                        BJ from Richmond writes:

                                                        Hiked July 20th 2013. Conditions are great, there is a little bit of snow still on the trail at parts, none which you can't walk around of even walk over as it is so compact that it's solid to walk over. Overall a very rewarding moderate difficulty hike. DO NOTE! Bring bug spray which repels mosquitos and every assortment of flys as they are plentiful.

                                                        ENJOY :)

                                                          Posted: July 20, 2013 11:32:36 PM PST

                                                          Dung from Burnaby writes:

                                                          Did it on July 13th, 2013. Started from the Grouse peak. The trail at first started easily then we encountered lots of snow on way to Goat. Recommended to wear proper hiking shoes. When you hike up the Goat Mountain, you will have to use chains to climb to the higher point but it is easy and safe and only for short distance. Then you will meet a junction with left or right direction. The right direction is longer but easier. The left direction took you only 5 minutes to get on top but it is very very muddy and there was literally nothing to hold on so you have to be prepared to get dirty and play with the mud. To sum, it is a great hike. When we got to the top, everything really paid off.

                                                          p.s. bring mosquito spray....too much mosquito there that you cannot think straight with its flying noise around you.

                                                            Posted: July 15, 2013 09:01:24 AM PST

                                                            roy from west vancouver writes:

                                                            12 July 2013. I took the 2 bypass traverses and the left hand direct route above the chain. almost snow free and no snow gear needed. other folks told me that the north side of Dam and the right hand route above the chain were pretty slippery.

                                                              Posted: July 13, 2013 06:54:40 AM PST

                                                              Tim from Vancouver writes:

                                                              I was up there today, July 3rd, and the trail is still mostly under snow. The stretches that have thawed are wet and soupy. The snow pack is hard enough to hike on in boots, although I did punch through a few times. The top is completely covered in snow, with the exception of a few rocky outcrops. All and all it was still a fun hike.

                                                                Posted: July 4, 2013 12:03:57 AM PST

                                                                James A Smith from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                We did plan to get to Goat, but we did not plan on snow and were wearing runners. We got very wet feet and turned back before the ascent to goat for safety.

                                                                Lots of slushy snow on most of the trail, pretty much from leaving grouse. Make sure you wear suitable footwear.

                                                                I would recommend walking poles or possibly ice-axes to catch yourself if slip down the icey-snow. Snowshoes would be useless in the slush. Crampons could also work.

                                                                  Posted: June 17, 2013 09:52:24 AM PST

                                                                  Jenna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                  Anyone done this hike recently? What are the conditions like?

                                                                    Posted: June 4, 2013 06:17:57 PM PST

                                                                    Londoner on holiday from UK writes:

                                                                    Hi there, I'm planning a trip to Vancouver in May and wondered whether it would be ok to do this hike- the 'Vancouver trails' info suggests a July- October season. Thoughts?

                                                                      Posted: April 29, 2013 03:55:37 AM PST

                                                                      Corey from Vancouer writes:

                                                                      Climbed up goat this Sunday. Goes without saying that crampons & ice axe were needed. We decended the peak around 12:30 and the heat of the day (due to the inversion we were having) made the snow pretty soupy. Because of this we opted to set up a belay for the short steep section below the peak (where the chains normally are). Stunning views... especially with the inversion effect. Potentially dangerous climb in winter if you're unprepared, and especially dangerous to venture too close to the North/Northeast side of the peak where cornices loom over a very long drop into Hanes Valley.

                                                                        Posted: January 22, 2013 07:25:49 PM PST

                                                                        Randall from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        We passed Tom (see earlier posting) yesterday when we also hiked the BCMC and then Goat Mountain. We heeded Tom's advice and kept our bear bells going on the ascent and descent to/from Goat Mountain. Be prepared to climb up, using fixed chains, on the final ascent to Goat.

                                                                        We opted for the Ridge trail to Goat Mountain (the Ridge Trail by-passes Dam Mountain), which is a bit shorter than the Alpine Trail. The Ridge trail also connects to the Thunderbird Ridge.

                                                                        Agree with Tom that the hike from the Grouse Chalet to the top of Goat could be done in an hour. We took an hour and a half getting to Goat and about an hour return (total 2 1/2 hours from the Chalet). The BCMC trail adds another 1+ hour going up.

                                                                          Posted: September 1, 2012 09:35:28 AM PST

                                                                          Tom from North Van writes:

                                                                          Hiked to Goat yesterday after ascending the BCMC. At a brisk pace Goat can be reached in about an hour from the Grousenest. Bear bells a good idea as I encountered a bear just below the summit as I was quietly walking along.
                                                                          One thing to note - the first couple signs do not give directions to Goat, but to Crown Pass and Dam Mtn, and your choices are Ridge Trail or Alpine Trail if I remember correctly. It is Alpine Trail that will get you to Goat.

                                                                            Posted: September 1, 2012 08:08:05 AM PST

                                                                            Dave from Deep Cove writes:

                                                                            My wife and I did this hike on the weekend. It was completely dry but we found a little bit of snow past the final turn off for Goat Mountain. There was no Snow on Goat or on the way there. It is a stunning view. Especially away from the city. The city was a little hazy when we were there. The hike is about an hour and a half but plan to be there for while as it is really a nice spot to sit and have a bite to eat. We haven`t hiked at all this year and this length was about right for us.

                                                                              Posted: August 28, 2012 04:35:02 PM PST

                                                                              Mandy from Richmond writes:

                                                                              Did this hike yesterday. The path is completely dry. Four of us finished it in 3.5h with a half an hour break at the top. The climb features a few very steep parts which require scrambling. We did this hike right after completing the BCMC trail. Needless to say, but we were all exhausted by the end. For less experienced hikers, I would recommend doing Goat all on its own. The views on the top are awesome!

                                                                                Posted: August 15, 2012 08:33:34 AM PST

                                                                                Steveo from Deadmonton writes:

                                                                                Doing the hike tomorrow will let you know.

                                                                                  Posted: August 14, 2012 03:29:17 PM PST

                                                                                  Ben from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                  Hi - has anyone been up here in the past few days?

                                                                                  I'm looking at having a stab at it this weekend, but only if there's no snow...

                                                                                  clear up there?

                                                                                    Posted: August 14, 2012 02:27:46 PM PST

                                                                                    Eric Bombardier from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    Did this hike on July 14th with two friends that never really hiked anything of the sort, they had sneakers on. Goat Mountain is not as hard as people make it: On the 14th there was 4 people with full climbing gear coming down the peak. What the... My friends had a bit of hard time, obviously, but with a little guidance and a better pair of boots (I always go with crampons), this hike is very nice at this time of the year. The trail is "closed" apparently but there's always people on top of it.

                                                                                    The thing to know for right now is that yes there is still a lot of snow, you just need to watch your step, there's a few spots where the snow is hollow and might break off and you might scratch your leg but Goat mountain has almost nothing dangerous to offer besides the last part at the summit.

                                                                                    The alternative "easier" route to the peak is a little sketchy if you don't have crampons so you might have to scramble a little 6 feet rock. Just be careful if you are experienced or just don't go if you call Goat Mountain a challenging hike.

                                                                                    In the summer, this is a fantastic hike.

                                                                                      Posted: July 24, 2012 09:52:01 PM PST

                                                                                      Solo Eighteen Year Old Hiker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      I pushed to the top of Goat Mountain in an hour and 30 minutes today after completing the Grouse Grind in 58 minutes. I'd say 65% of the trail has snow and it is extremely wet. Traction was pretty bad and the snow was breakable so extreme caution is advised. I walked the entirety of the mountain circumference and wasn't aware of the neat shortcut that I took back to Grouse Mountain. Luckily for me, I sped through that section since there wasn't as much snow as on the long route that I took coming in. Went down the BCMC trail on my way back.

                                                                                      I don't recommend this trail for the next 2-3 weeks. There was A LOT of snow, but it's still do-able. Bring gaiters, spare socks and an experienced partner if you plan on embarking on the hike. I wish I had those when I did it today.

                                                                                        Posted: July 21, 2012 07:09:01 PM PST

                                                                                        Mark from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        @Dee I'd heard from the Grouse Mountain employees that the trail was closed off on Monday, July 16. Perhaps today's rain will help melt the ice. Please post how it goes. Thanks.

                                                                                          Posted: July 20, 2012 09:11:37 PM PST

                                                                                          Dee from N. Van writes:

                                                                                          Planning on hiking out this weekend.. any recommendations on trail conditions after all the warm weather?

                                                                                            Posted: July 18, 2012 09:43:17 PM PST

                                                                                            Brianna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                            Attempted goat mtn today, still too much snow! We had to turn back after hiking only 15 minutes from the top of grouse.

                                                                                              Posted: July 13, 2012 10:00:04 PM PST

                                                                                              Rebecca from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                              Just tried the trail today and it was snowcovered. Wouldn't recommend it yet as the snow is melting and conditions are likely to be unstable. Give it another week or more of good weather.

                                                                                                Posted: July 8, 2012 11:33:32 AM PST

                                                                                                Mark from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                Hi, has anyone tried to do this hike this summer yet? How are the trail conditions?

                                                                                                  Posted: July 6, 2012 11:54:35 AM PST

                                                                                                  jess from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                  was thinking about doing this hike this friday seeing as it's been such a warm winter...does anybody know if there's been any snow? If it's safe?

                                                                                                    Posted: January 9, 2012 03:59:35 PM PST

                                                                                                    Cam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                    Has anybody been up there recently? Is it crazy to try to hike it this weekend or is it pretty snowy?


                                                                                                      Posted: November 8, 2011 01:29:40 PM PST

                                                                                                      Ronald from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                      We hiked Goat Mountain today (Oct. 25, 2011) and there was no snow. Yes, minor parts of the trail was icy, but nothing dangerous.

                                                                                                        Posted: October 25, 2011 08:58:14 PM PST

                                                                                                        Guest from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                        I just hiked it on Saturday and all was good. There was a tiny bit of ice, but all in all very good and not too slippery. No snow really. HOWEVER, the staff at the bottom said that by next weekend there will be snow... so get out there as soon as you can, no wait, there's a F#&#^G 2-3 hour wait for the gondola back down the mountain, might want to find another hike :P

                                                                                                          Posted: October 16, 2011 03:44:53 AM PST

                                                                                                          dee from toronto writes:

                                                                                                          Is it crazy to try to hike it this weekend? (Oct 15) Wondering how much snow there / how else to be prepared?

                                                                                                            Posted: October 11, 2011 12:50:00 PM PST

                                                                                                            Christopher Boersma from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                            Just up there this evening. Patchy snow at the top, nothing that would create a problem though (maybe 15cm packed).

                                                                                                              Posted: September 8, 2011 11:00:22 PM PST

                                                                                                              Jan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                              Planning to do this hike this weekend - any updates on conditions? Sink holes???

                                                                                                                Posted: September 7, 2011 09:22:07 AM PST

                                                                                                                Vic from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                Planning to do this hike on 21 Aug. Is there still snow? Is the trail safe?

                                                                                                                  Posted: August 21, 2011 02:44:17 AM PST

                                                                                                                  tomchy from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                  Did the hike yesterday in normal skate shoes with no problems. The foot holes were deep and firm enough, especially later in the day after 6pm. Great hike.

                                                                                                                    Posted: August 18, 2011 11:54:29 AM PST

                                                                                                                    Edgars from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                    Did the hike today after running up Grouse Grind. After Dam Mountain there is some snow but easy to pass with regular hiking boots. All the steep parts on the way to Goat mountain are free of snow so easy to access. There is no need for an snow ax etc.

                                                                                                                      Posted: August 17, 2011 09:33:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                      JD from Van writes:

                                                                                                                      RE @ Cameron:
                                                                                                                      My friend and I went all the way up to Goat Mountain yesterday on August 1st. It was very do-able with simple hiking boots (but bring sunscreen! Ouch!). The snow is slippery in the steep parts of the trail between Dam Mtn. and Little Goat Mtn. and between Little Goat Mtn. and Goat Mtn., but if you take it slow, you should be fine. We only experienced sinkholes right up at base of the Goat Mtn. summit, where my leg fell into a 6-7 foot one quite suddenly! It wasn't in a dangerous area though, so I had no problem pulling myself out. The view from the top was incredible!

                                                                                                                        Posted: August 2, 2011 03:05:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                        Cameron from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                        I went up with a couple of friends on Monday Aug 1, 2011. It was beautifully warm and clear and still plenty of snow on the trail. We had to use the footprints of those before us to find the trail in a number of places. We were just in our runners, but were able to get out to Dam Mountain and Thunderbird Ridge without any problems. We didn't come across any sink holes, but I expect that will soon get worse with the melting snow - especially where the trail crosses over the pipeline. A few people we spoke to on the trail had been over to Little Goat, but the general consesus was that Goat Mt was still too snowy and slipery.

                                                                                                                          Posted: August 2, 2011 01:31:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                          Sharon from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                          Want to re-experience the Goat Mountain hike. (Great views from the top.)Please keep posting on status of snow, sink holes and safety if equipped with MicroSpikes. I went up to Dam Mountain and Thunderbird Ridge with snowshoes a number of times in the winter.

                                                                                                                            Posted: August 1, 2011 07:49:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                            elvira from north vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                            Goat mt. still has tons of snow I went as far as Dam mt. today - July 26/11 - had my crampons on as there is still at least 6 ft. of snow in places on the trail. It was foggy up top so only did Dam mt. loop the peak of Dam mt. has no snow but snow on both slops so is slippery with just boots.
                                                                                                                            Trees are coming up and sink holes so be careful. One comment I read sounds to me that they did not go to goat because the signs are just on the north side of Dam mt. and 45 mins. would put them on Dam mt.

                                                                                                                              Posted: July 26, 2011 08:08:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                              sue from van writes:

                                                                                                                              Does anyone know if there is still snow on he trail?


                                                                                                                                Posted: July 23, 2011 05:36:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                G from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                Trail is still full of snow.

                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 3, 2011 11:20:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                  DR from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                  We like to hike, but not in snow. Does anyone know if there is snow on he trail?

                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 27, 2011 12:02:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    Ted from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                    No snow to be seen as of today!

                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 21, 2010 07:06:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Deana from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                      Does anyone have an update on the trail? Is the snow cleared yet?

                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 16, 2010 01:15:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        Scott & Deb from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                        We did the Grind to Goat yesterday. After about 30 minutes on the trail toward Goat Mountain we were deep in snow. You could hear the creek beneath us so we were worried of avalanche. 45 minutes into the hike there was a posted sign of trail closure for "hazardous conditions no access". At that point we turned around. Great views up to this point! We would love to do this hike again, but we will give it at least a month to allow the snow to melt.

                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 20, 2010 07:54:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                          Caroline from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                          Is this hike doable in may? I'm wondering if this would be doable with light hiking crampons.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 26, 2010 09:00:06 AM PST

                                                                                                                                            Jonathan from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                            I went to goat Mountain a week ago after doing the grouse grind. It was very fun, and the views were spectacular.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 9, 2009 04:29:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Colin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                              Hiked this on Sunday. Still lots of snow, the trail was not officially open past Dam mountain, but there was plenty of people hiking it anyway. I would advise bringing hiking sticks and good hiking boots if you do decide to hike this before the snow melts.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 29, 2009 08:34:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                colin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                Does anyone know if the trail is clear enough of snow yet? I'm thinking of going up there on Sunday.

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 26, 2009 09:03:15 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Linda from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                  I recently hiked Goat Mountain, a very nice hike with lots of up and down and even a rope. It was a beautiful clear day so the view was amazing. Especially the view towards the North was different. If you want to spend a day on top of Grouse Mountain this is definitely something to add.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 18, 2008 02:21:41 PM PST

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