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Goat Mountain (Yosemite area)

Average Rating:    (3.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

a 4.4m out-and-back (one way) that can also be looped by taking another trail down to the lake. Steady climb, with some challenging technical sections. It's all singletrack. This is an ok trail, but for a much more challenging ride, do Shuteye Creek on the other side of the lake.
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Latitude
37.328056
Longitude
-119.648333
Trail Directions
Take the Bass Lake turnoff just outside of Oakhurst on Hwy 41. When you get to the lake, the road splits... keep to the right. You will pass a series of campgrounds, park in the Forks campground. The trailhead is clearly marked at the parking lot
Trail Length
4.4 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Oakhurst
   


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Review Date
March 20, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Casual Rider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a fun and worthwhile ride if you're in the area. The single track is pretty technical with some good sized rocks and tree roots crossing the trail - big enough to knock you off the bike or remove your derailleur if not careful. My advice is to park along Road 426 where the fire road meets it. Ride up Road 426 to Road 223 (turn left) and then look for the fire road that takes you to Goat Mountain Lookout (about 1/2 mi past the fire station on Road 223). The fire road to/from the lookout is a nice warm up along the ridge and the views from the lookout are worth the effort. The single track back down to the Forks departs from this fire road about 500 yds past the junction with the road you came in from. This single track winds along the canyon and is mostly covered by the trees - the day I rode it, there were barely any tire tracks on it. Plenty of whoops where the trail crosses seasonal run offs and enough speed to keep it very entertaining. When the single track hits the lower fire road, you can turn left back to the car or head down to the Forks. Riding up this single track, in my opinion, is not worthwhile as you will have to hike-a-bike through some of these tougher parts.

Recommended Route:
Park at Forks or along Road 426 and ride UP the road rather than on the single track



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Review Date
April 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: dry kill ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Its a fun trail, not to difficult theres like to two technical sections nothing to hard though. fast in sections and its single track

Recommended Route:
Down...hiking the downhill bike up sucks. not sure were but theres a forest service road u can take so you dont have to hike up the trail ask yosemite bike shop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
007, willow creek



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Review Date
January 4, 2005

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ridingtrails ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
For a good time ride this as part of the triple lindy with the other 2 parts consisting of willow creek and 007. You'll like it on a singlespeed too.



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Review Date
May 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Dave S , from SF

Summary:
Vertical approx 1300 feet of climbing, no break until you hit the fireroad. The last mile of Goat Mnt trail has several technical sections, rocky, rooty side hills, etc. Climb up is tough unless you're super fit and an advanced rider. The trail is narrow, steep and loose, has rocks and or 4 in log water bars; all making it hard to keep up a pedal pace. I did this ride solo early on Sunday morning, I only met up with two hikers on one other biker. I walked all the technical sections due to fatigue and not willing to become buzzard feed. Ride back down is alot of fun. Goat Mnt winds through the forrest and is fast for the last 2.5 miles.
Note to SFBay area riders - if you love to ride at Skeggs (El Corte Maders OSP) this ride is for you. If you're an EBRPD or Marin Headlands rider it will be more technical than usual.

Recommended Route:
Park car at Forks General Store, ride south on rt 222 along lake to Spring Cove trail head. Ride up Spring Cove trail to intersection with Goat Mnt. Trail, go left and continue up mountain to fire road. Go left on fire road, stay to the left after green gate and go through manzanita tunnel, continue up and down (a little) and up again on fire-road to the look-out. Return by taking Goat Mnt. trail all the way back down to the Forks Campground.



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Review Date
April 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Tim , from Rickreall, OR

Summary:
Eh, its a trail. Nothing to write home about but definitely not a waste of time. Nice woods, some ticks, and a good view at the top. Easy ride up and nice coast down. No real challenges and thats fine, just turn off the brain and flow. Good place to take the girly for a ride.

Recommended Route:
Up then down.



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