This is home to one of the two active fire lookouts in the Methow Valley. The trail is a 5-mile trip hike that starts out easy for about 0.5 miles then kicks into gear and rapidly gains elevation.
You’ll find periodic views of mountain peaks from the tight switchbacks and then come across a more subdue meadow terrain. At this point, you’ll begin to take in more dramatic views.
Look north to the pinnacles of the Pasayten, Robinson, Osceola, and Pistol among them. The Tiffany Highlands hog the eastern horizon, while Azurite, Tower, and Cutthroat command the west. But it's the summits due south that'll siphon most of your attention, with Silver Star shining supreme among them.
This fire lookout has been in service since 1950 and is still manned by “Lightening Bill.” This is when the real treat begins. You’ll be greeted with an enthusiastic “Hello” and a big smile.
Lightening Bill lives at the fire lookout during the summer months and encounters about 1500 visitors each season. Bill is a wealth of information, has great stories and will read his poetry to all who will listen. This is a unique experience that you surely will not forget – for you have met a friend. Lightening Bill will remember you by the photo he captures of you. It’s fun to see his collection of albums; you might just see someone you know.
Make Goat Peak Lookout your lunch destination. Stop by TheMazama Store “a little bit of everything good…” and find some great lunch items. Treat yourself to the French Baguette with Sea Salt – amazing with cheeses and meats.
After your hike return to a hot tub along the Chewuch River at River’s Edge Resort.