Posted by: Anne Murray | September 6, 2013

Goat Mountain hike

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On a beautiful summer morning, I hiked with several friends up Goat Mountain. The trail leads from the top of Grouse Mountain, so we took an early cable car up the hill. All was quiet at the tourist facilities around the summit. The path starts quite wide and gradually narrows as it winds its way uphill through the forest.

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This flowering copperbush (Cladothamnus pyroliflorus) attracted our attention. It belongs to a genus that is one of the few endemic to western North America.

Wildflowers included green false hellebore (Veratrum viride), subalpine daisies (Erigeron peregrinus) and others that were unfamiliar to me.

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The path is pretty steep in a couple of places and ropes and chains have been helpfully attached to rocks so hikers can safely climb up. Once at the top, the views are tremendous.

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The descent was easier, and the whole hike took us about four hours, including a picnic stop at the top. Thanks to Kelly for organizing this lovely hike and for Kathy, Wendy and Lauren for their company.

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