This popular trail is known for its expansive views and frequent mountain goat sightings. However, due to humans often enticing the goats to come close by offering food, or even allowing the goats to eat from their hands, the goats are becoming habituated to humans and occasionally are behaving aggressively in an attempt to obtain human foods. In June 2015 a hiker was bitten by a goat and required multiples stitches. Additionally, there have been numerous reports of goats attempting to head-butt or charge hikers, which could easily lead to a goring incident from a goat’s horns.
At this time there is no scheduled date for reopening the trail. Although this popular trail is closed there are numerous opportunities for hiking nearby and throughout the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. For hiking and other recreational information, please visit the Idaho Panhandle National Forests website at www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf, or contact your local Forest Service Office.