OLD GOAT GLACIER
Distance 10.2 km return, height gain 680 m, moderately strenuous
Old Goat Glacier is a remnant glacier below the highest peak in the Goat Range, hidden from view by projecting buttresses. The route ends at a moraine overlook at ~148457, a viewpoint for the upper, snow-covered part of the glacier.
Start: Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail). Cross Three Sisters Dam (signed "Spray Lakes West Campground"). At the end, turn left and drive West Side Road. Park at gravel parking lot by self registration kiosk.
I recommend walking farther along the road for about 200 m, then turn right at a wired-off opening. A good trail runs alongside bubbly Old Goat Creek.
Difficulty: This route has three parts: easy valley stroll to the waterfall, which is popular with campers; a steep grunt on rough trail up the headwall into the hanging valley; and the long trudge on lateral moraine to the viewpoint for Old Goat Glacier. Overall, a fairly strenuous trip if you go all the way.
Note: For the first 20 minutes from trailhead there is some trail erosion and creek has undercut the trail in a few places. Later there is an impressive gravel/boulder field washed down into the forest along the trail. The trail through is now fairly obvious. Higher, the talus slope to the upper basin is little changed.
Map: Canmore

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 3 Trail #82

Trail start: Old Goat 50.98637N, -115.36428W

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Last updated Aug 20, 2018