Access: From the South – From Lost River Road, park on the left (west) side turnout about 3 miles from the Mazama Store. Cross road to trail heading up the hillside directly to the buttress which includes the MIR.
From the North – Park at the “Swimming Hole” turnout, then follow the road about 100 yards north to the old dirt road entrance to the right (east) of the road. Follow the trail as it crosses a hunter’s camp beneath an old stamp mill site, and head along its right margin steeply uphill as it turns along an old road grade. A boulder field will appear in about 300 yards, so pick up the trail again by angling through the talus up and right toward the highest stand of three large fir trees.
Map: Location schematic.
Descent: Bolted routes can be rappelled with a single 60m rope. Or you can use a car shuttle to walk off Prime Rib or the full Promised Land route. Drive from Mazama to Goat Creek road, taking a left at the fork about 3 miles toward Goat Peak Lookout Trailhead. Park at the cattle guard (around 5500′). Drive time is about 30-40 minutes. A trail follows the east side of the fence and is about a 10-minute easy walk to the top of Goat Wall.
Here are the route details, pictures, and our topos for specific routes on Goat Wall. Most of these links take you to The Mountain Project website or to Winthrop Mountain Sports in downtown Winthrop.
- Prime Rib (III, 5.9) (OkanoganOutdoors Guidebook)
- Sisyphus (III+, 5.11a or 5.10b A0) (Mountain Project Guidebook)
- Promised Land (II, 5.10a/b) if doing the first three pitches or (V, 5.11a/A2) if doing the whole route (Winthrop Mountain Sports)
- Methow Inspiration Route (II, 5.9+) (Mountain Project Guidebook)
- Methow Inspiration Route (Winthrop Mountain Sports)
Leave It Better Than You Found It: This should be every outdoor user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull some noxious weeds along your route, throw branches over unwanted spur trails, don’t ride or walk wet trails when you’re leaving ruts/footprints deeper than ¼ inch…
Disclaimer. Treat this information as recommendations, not gospel. Conditions change and those contributing these reports are volunteers–they may make mistakes or not know all the issues affecting a route. You are responsible for yourself, your actions, and your safety. If you won’t accept that responsibility, you are prohibited from using our information.
This post was originally published on 9/30/13.