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    Goat Lake Trail

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    14.0 km
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    659 m
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    Goat Lake Trail

    The Goat Lake trail in Waterton Lakes National Park leaves from the Red Rock Parkway and makes its way up through the forest. You’ll be able to catch some views between switchbacks as you make your way up to Goat Lake. From the lake, enjoy your time here, taking in the incredible panoramic views.

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    Route Description for Goat Lake Trail

    From the Red Rock parking lot, begin your journey to Goat Lake on the obvious path. Cross the bridge over Red Rock Creek and continue along the trail through the forest. Begin gaining elevation on the steep forested section along the mountainside. You’ll be able to catch some views on the way up between the switchbacks. Continue through the forest to reach Goat Lake.

    There are no junctions or detours on this route, so making your way to Goat Lake is simple and straightforward. A backcountry campground was once in use at the lake; however, it has been closed due to damage from the Kenow forest fire.

    Other amazing walks in Waterton Lakes National Park

    Check out our guides to Bertha LakeCameron LakeRed Rock Canyon or Crypt Lake Hike. Or see all our hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park on 10Adventures.

    Getting to the Goat Lake Trail Trailhead

    To get to Goat Lake, start in the Waterton Townsite and take the Red Rock Parkway to the very end. The parking lot for the Goat Lake trail is here and well signed.

    Route Information

    • When to do


    • Backcountry Campsites

      Goat Lake (closed due to fire damage)

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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