There are two ways to reach Lone Goat, the east approach from Manning Park or the west approach from Silver Skagit Road.
To reach the trailhead, on Highway 1 turn off on Exit 168 and follow the directions to Skagit Valley Provincial Park. If you zero your odometer on Exit 168, at around 55 kms (50 of them on gravel road) you will see on the left an information board, this is the trailhead.
Spruce Bay parking Lot
I headed east in an open forest across the level floor of the valley. This is a transitional zone between the coastal vegetation and the drier interior. At around 900 metres I saw the junction (begginning, continuation or ending depending of your point of view) of the Centennial Trail. The trail on the right is better know as Skyline Trail
Today time was against me, the hike to Lone Goat can be done in 10 hours but with only 8 hours of daylight I was having my doubts I was going to be able to reach the summit.
After maybe 90 minutes I reached the boundary between Skagit Valley and Manning Park Provincial Parks.
You need to cross a couple of raised benches indicative of one-time lake levels. There are two creeks as well, at this time of the year their water levels can be very low.
The trees started to thin, the typical sign to show me I was reaching the subalpine. On the background I was able to see the ridge were I was supposed to be in another couple of hours.
It is believed that this trail was used as a native trade route and some of these historic routes are incorporated into present-day hiking trails.
Archaeologists have identified pottery shards from the southern US, which proves the theory of the valley’s used as a native trade route. Later on, this trail was used by 19th century miners and settlers.
Once on the alpine I have views of the Skagit Valley. Skagit Valley is part of a larger protected area complex that includes the US North Cascades National Park and the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
Hozomeen Mountain and Ross Lake
This large tract of territory contains the Ross Lake Reservoir, an important source of hydroelectricity for Seattle City Light.
The level of the water in the reservoir fluctuates greatly. July and August are the only months when the lake is at full pool, other times there is no water at all on the Canadian side.
After three hours I reached the junction to Hozomeen Trail. This trail is used to by climbers looking for Hozomeen Mountain. If you follow this trail, keep in mind you will be crossing the US-Canada border, so be prepared to show your documents if Immigration Officers are doing camping around the area.
I have never seen a single border patrol dude on the times I have been crossing the border back and forth, just rangers more worried about fires and poaching.
Lone Goat Mountain
I started my descent towards Camp Mowich from where I started to have my first views of Lone Goat Mountain.