Distance: 4.8km Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 400m
Time: ~3 hrs
Road Access: Moderate, unpaved forestry road
As beautiful as its namesake, the Ladyslipper Orchid, this trail offers a moderately challenging afternoon hike in a mostly shaded environment. The trail then begins as a well-forested trail that ambles up the side of Goat Mountain. The summit is the goal – a lush and mossy mountaintop meadow nestled between swaying conifers. If you’re looking for a view, head down to the right just a few meters before the summit.
To get there take Highway 3-A north from Creston, before turning right onto Lakeview-Arrow Creek Road. From Lakeview-Arrow Creek Rd. turn right again onto Foster Road and continue along this road and the adjoining Forest Service Road for a half hour as it wraps south-east around Goat mountain. Eventually you will see the marked trailhead post on your left. There is decent space for parking - simply ensure you are well off the road!