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Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats

08.21.18

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  • Herd of mountain goats far below Delano Peak.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • Summit of Delano Peak (12,169 ft).- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • View of Mount Baldy and Mount Belknap near Skyline Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
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  • Mountain goats looking over the Whittier Ridge Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
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  • Mountain goats on the summit of Buffalo Mountain.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • Mountain goats on the summit of Buffalo Mountain.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
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  • Mountain goats grazing below snow level near Loowit Falls.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • A mother and baby mountain goat emerge from the mist in Glacier National Park.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
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  • A baby mountain goat at the Highline Trailhead.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • Mountain goats along the Hidden Lake Hanging Garden Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • A mountain goat on the Hidden Lake Hanging Garden Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • A mountain goat playing hide-and-seek on the Hidden Lake Hanging Garden Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • A mountain goat on the Hidden Lake Hanging Garden Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • A mountain goat on the Hidden Lake Hanging Garden Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
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  • Rocky cliffs of Big Horn Peak.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • Emotive expressions of Blue Lake mountain goats.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
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  • Mountain goats basking in the sun on the Blue Lakes Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • Blue Lakes Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
  • Blue Lakes Trail.- Best Hikes to See Mountain Goats
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Mountain goats are impressive animals and are usually spotted deep in the remote mountains of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Colorado. They may seem like gentle creatures, but keep your space and don’t turn your back on one, even to take that increasingly sought-after mountain goat selfie. If you observe from a respectful distance, however, you will likely be blown away by the mountain goat.

These 100- to 300-pound herbivores are insanely good at climbing mountains, and they almost seem to defy gravity as they daintily scamper up impossibly steep cliffs. Their feet are cloven hooves that each have two toes that spread wide and help them with their balance. They also have a rough pad under each of their toes that provides all the traction of a state-of-the-art climbing shoe.

Their white coats make them pretty easy to pick out during the summer time, and the distinctive beards give them plenty of character. Interested in seeing one for yourself? The following hikes are known for frequent mountain goat sightings, and your chances are good if you explore these options. If you’re ga-ga for goats, check out this quick video by National Geographic about transporting mountain goats to maintain healthy population levels in Utah.

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