Goat Peak Lookout

Location: Northeast of Winthrop
Hike Length: 3mi RT
Elevation: 5600' at trailhead, 7,001 at lookout

The Methow area is blessed with several fire lookouts. Goat Peak is one of the most popular because of its relatively easy access.

History: Goat Peak has had a lookout building since 1923 but the existing building was erected in 1950.

Getting there

  • From Winthrop, head west on Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway) for 8 miles
  • At milepost 185 (just before the bridge over the Methow River), turn right onto Goat Creek Road
  • After 3 miles, turn right onto FR52
  • After 2.8 miles, turn left onto FR5225
  • After 5.6 miles, turn right onto FR Spur 200 and continue 3 miles to the trailhead


A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead.

The hike to Goat Peak is especially beautiful in the fall, when the larch trees turn golden.