The Goat Rocks are the eroded remnants of a once-great stratovolcano. One to two million years ago, this cone would likely have been similar in height and structure to typical present-day Cascade stratovolcanoes, reaching over 10000 ft high. But once the eruptive activity ceased, the forces of glacial erosion tore away the outer layers of material, leaving exposed the rocky lava spires where magma once solidified within the conduits of the volcano. The present eroded massif has several peaks reaching about 8000 ft, and the north sides are still host to about a half-dozen glaciers. Most of the approaches into the Goat Rocks Wilderness are somewhat long in trail mileage, so the routes below are all probably best done as overnight (or multi-day) trips, despite the comparatively moderate elevation gains.
Note: The highest summit of the mountain group was known as Goat Rocks until the mid-1900's. Later the highest summit of the group became known as Mount Curtis Gilbert, or Gilbert Peak as it is labeled on the USGS map.
|Best months for climbing:||Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1899|
|First successful climber(s):||Fred G. Plummer|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
Thanks to Brian Garrett for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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