8.3 miles
3,323 ft
-3,312 ft
1 mile
High Point

Take a hike on a trail more-travelled and a second trail less-traveled. Be patient with the summer dust and horses on the first 2.5 miles, then enjoy the less traveled, long traverse high on Eightmile Ridge with views across and down the Eightmile Creek valley. Drop slightly into a wide pass and then climb steeply through a larch grove, then a talus slope to the top of Burch Mountain. The former lookout site has the expected spectacular 360-degree view.

Do note that the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire, started by an unattended campfire devastated this area. Most of the forest burned, leaving more open views through the blackened trunks that remain standing and much less shade. Fortunately, most of the flowers survived, so the understory is very colorful in the late spring and summer.

Detailed Description
Billy Goat Pass to Burch Mountain is a 8 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Winthrop Washington. This hike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 3,323 ft with a max elevation of 7,712 ft then descends -3,312 ft.
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More Stats for Billy Goat Pass to Burch Mountain mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,800 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,800 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,813 ft
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  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    377 ft


  1. Walk northwest on Billy Goat Pass Trail.
  2. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  3. Turn right onto Burch Mountain Trail.
  4. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  5. Walk northwest on Burch Mountain Trail.
  6. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  7. Turn left onto Billy Goat Pass Trail.
  8. Continue for 4 kilometers.
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