GENERAL PACK GOAT INFORMATION FOR OTHER TRAIL USERS
WHAT ARE PACK GOATS?
A pack goat is generally a whether (neutered male goat). The breed of goat can be any variety of dairy goat, either purebred or crossbred.
A pack goat is a hiking partner that is experienced in the back country, in tune with its instincts, strong, hard working, intelligent, loyal, and disciplined. As pack goats are
pack stock they use pack and riding stock trails and camps.
PACK GOATS ON THE TRAIL
Generally, goats are easy to handle even by the most inexperienced hiker. Goats can negotiate rough and high terrain. Goats are friendly and willing to work for you. Goats
are not easily spooked. Because pack goats are generally easygoing, they are the ones who safely step off the trail for other pack stock and other trail users. This also
limits the impact by large hooved pack stock and other trail users with more impact than the goats on the sides of the trails. You will see pack goats either on a lead or
under positive control of their hiking partner. Some pack goats have horns. Horns are natural radiators for the goats as well as being a protection device for them. They
will drop their horns to loose dogs on the trail. Horned pack goats generally do not like their horns touched.
PACK GOATS AT CAMP
In camp, pack goats are high lined or otherwise tethered. This keeps the goats in a safe area in case a predator comes into camp at night, and also keeps them away from
poisonous plants or sensitive areas. A Prusik knot is used to keep pack goats in their area on the high line so as to keep them away from vulnerable trees. As with other
stock, we keep pack goats 200 feet away from water sources. Pack goats are taught to drink from lakes, streams, and waterfalls. The small/light hooves of the pack goats
have negligible impact on trail and water source surroundings.
WHERE CAN PACK GOATS GO-TERRAIN/ELEVATION
Pack goats can easily climb most any terrain/trail. Pack goats do not mind snow and they do not mind "blow-downs" on the trail. So, when you have a trail with blow-downs,
pack goats easily cross the obstruction without creating impact on trail sides.
LEAVE NO TRACE ETHICS AND TREAD LIGHTLY GUIDELINES FOR PACK GOATS
We advise all pack goat users to abide by general leave no trace ethics and TREAD lightly guidelines.
|Photos by Donna R
Camping and trails are open to pack goat use May 1 - November 30
For more information please see the following resources:
Evergreen Pack goat Club
North American Pack goat Association
|Photo by Derek Pearson