Goat Traverse


A ridge traverse that tests your scrambling skills and your fear of heights.

Alpine Climbing Moderate

12 km
1.2 km
1.2 km
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.4 km
Goat Traverse Map

With this traverse, there are two options. You can add the summit of Yamnuksa or skirt the lower section and head to the Goat Range.


As you leave the parking lot, either way you travel will be a hard effort. Wearing a helmet underneath Yamnuska is recommended based on how much traffic it is getting and all the recent rockfall. As you get out onto the Goat Range, you will climb up a steep section where route finding will come into play. Take not on some of the rappel rings you cross as this can be key in case you need to bail and go back the same way you came.

You will navigate along thin ridges and wide ridges. You will cross sections where staying slow and safe will be key.

You can bypass the rappel if you need, but if you are carrying a rope and plan to rappel, it is much safer and faster. The rap ring and anchor are set up there around a rock. I would always bring stuff to build your own anchor in case there is an issue with the gear, and you are prepared.

The rappel is about 15-18 ft. Once you're past the rappel, you will start to see the ridge open up to a wider and safer run or hike. Now is where you can make some time up and travel quicker, either running or fastpacking.

  • Bring rope and gear to build an anchor in case you need to, and to rappel.
  • This is point to point: bring two cars, or take your chances hitchhiking or running the road back.



May involve slightly more complex glacier hikes, easy but possibly long rock ridges and steep snow up to 45 degrees. Equivalent to PD, PD+

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

The majority of the route is "no fall" terrain.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September