Billy Goat Trail - Pasayten Wilderness

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Oct 05, 2015 - Oct 07, 2015

First time in the Meathow valley & Pasayten wilderness. Drive from Seattle is long but arrived over pass at sunrise for epic views. Stopped at ranger station for map & info. After a few wrong turns, finally found road to trailhead at Burch Mountain.

Hike climbs up steadily to Billy Goat Pass under Billy Goat Mountain. Back down and up to Three Fools Pass. Continued along Larch creek up to Larch pass. At highest point on the pass, thunder brought rain & hail. Made it down to Corral Lake just in time to set up tent before hailstorm.

Woke up to snow-covered tent - almost a foot of snow! Low visiblity kept me from continuing north to Peeve Pass and beyond so after enjoying views of larches at the pass, backtracked to Diamond creek area and followed trail to the northeast with climb to a lake on the map. Unable to find trail to the lake, so setup camp in meadow with good views.

Snow-free morning with sun and a friendly/hungry deer who had been sniffing around all night. Backtracked to trailhead and made the long drive home.

DifficultyClass 1
Distance37 miles
Highest ElevationLarch Pass (7200 ft)
JurisdictionWinthrop, Methow Valley
TrailheadBilly Goat