Billy Goat

Cle Elum, Washington (Kittitas County)

Last Updated: 11/18/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status:
Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 2.45 miles
Highest Elevation: 4068 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Cle Elum
Nearest Town w/ Services: Cle Elum
Official Road Name: 4W339
Management Agency: Wenatchee National Forest
District: Cle Elum Ranger District, Okanogan

Highlights

Highlight: Billy Goat
The view from the top of this off-road trail is simply magnificent and completion of the trail is a sigh of relief. If it is not dry, do not take this trail lightly; the mud in the Liberty area is extremely slick and has claimed many body panels on the multitude of trails here. The Billy Goat Trail is aptly named, when your vehicle completes this trail you might want to change your vehicles nickname. The climbs and descents on this trail are extreme, caution should be taken at all times on every part of this trail. But once you get through it, you will have conquered one of the best trails Washington has to offer.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Trail turns south off the main road, very well marked with numbered sign. The beginning of the trail follows the ridge then drops sharply down the side of the mountain over 300 feet in elevation.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: US Hwy 97 North

From US Hwy 97 north, head east on Liberty Road towards the town of Liberty. At 1.4 miles FS 9712 begins, it is a slight left and quickly turns to gravel. Follow FS 9712 for 4.8 miles to a T intersection which you will turn right to stay on the FS road. Continue on this road up the hill toward the trailhead which you will find on the south side of the road almost 9/10 of a mile from the T intersection. The trailhead is well marked with the standard FS brown fiberglass marker depicting the trail number (4W339)

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Trail Reviews (3)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Would you recommend this trail to fairly new offroader with a stock Jeep Wrangler (JK/JKU)?
–Gerald Badoz (06/27/2018)
–Luke Myers (06/27/2018)

Writer Information

Luke Myers

Mapping Crew - Washington

Luke is originally from rural Minnesota, after high school he joined the Army and traveled the world over his 20 year career. His final stop, and where he ended his military career was Washington state. He retired from the Army in 2011 and has been working as a Military Software systems consultant since that day. He has been into the off-road scene since he was 7 years old, when his dad bought him a 3-wheeler and he built his first race-track in the pasture. Since those days he has had motorcycles, quads, go-karts, mini-bikes, trucks, 4 different kinds of Jeeps and an AMC Eagle (station wagon). His current "toy" is a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; Luke and his family enjoy exploring the world through the windshield view of that Jeep. Luke loves taking new people out on trails and takes pride in getting a newbie through a trail that is definitely more than they ever thought they could handle. His favorite type of trail is one that takes all day to go 5 miles and never stops challenging the driver.
For individual use only, not to be shared.