Goat Mtn. 2405m
Described here is the fastest way up and down Goat Mtn., a very nice hard scramble up to an impressive summit. The long ridge starting from Hwy.#1A which includes Door Jamb Mtn., Loder Peak and eventually Goat Mtn is also a popular ascent/descent but will add a considerable amount of time to the day going up and down the undulating ridgeline and with snow may make it unsafe. Therefore, even with snow, this is still the best bet to summit. An ice axe is recommended as some of the route is not seen from the road, faces north and may have snow depending on the month. Some parties may also want to take a rope and some gear as the route does have minimal fixed pins/ bolts. The route has a huge range from fun scrambling to unnerving downclimbs, strolls to short walls, some slabs, some short juggy walls. The views are superb – it is a classic Front Range summit.
Park at Yamnuska. Hike up the new trail to the where it exits below Grillmair Chimneys on Yam. Hike left to the western col of Yam. Walk through the woods to the high yellow subsidiary buttress of Goat. Continue behind it right to a easier angled broken-stepped wall. This is the first leg and the condition of it can be seen from the Trans-Canada. Variations to the top of this step exist and is hard to say which is best-right, middle or left side, but it is generally similar. Weave a path up here, (a few hundred meters) on fun rubbley rock! Go left up the ridge. At one point, a drop- down on the north side must be taken then the ridge regained above a ugly tumble if fallen. Continue up the ridge which broadens out huge in spots and is a walk. At one point a short slabby wall (fixed gear) has to be climbed on thin holds. Continue up the ridge where a easy, fun and juggy band is surmounted to reach the open summit. The fasted descent is described here and either plant one car at Jura Creek or walk back to Yamnuska!
From the summit plateau, peer over the west side into Jura Creek below. Find a open, steep scree slope that drops down into Jura – aim for the landmark sub-wall below which is Boatrock Peak and can be found in Alpine North. The correct scree slope has no noteworthy obstacles and is navigated to Jura Creek with the usual deeking right and left in spots. Hike into a jumbled outwash left of the 200m high Boatrock Peak and eventually to the open cobbled valley of Jura. Turn left and walk out south for about 6kms’s below the towering west side of Loader which comes out to the Hwy. 1A.