GENERAL PACK GOAT INFORMATION FOR OTHER TRAIL USERS
WHAT ARE PACKGOATS?
A packgoat is generally a whether (neutered male goat). The breed of goat can be any variety of dairy goat, either purebred or crossbred.
A packgoat is a hiking partner that is experienced in the back country, in tune with its instincts, strong, hard working, intelligent, loyal, and disciplined. As packgoats are
packstock they use pack and riding stock trails and camps.
PACKGOATS 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 packgoats are generally easygoing, they are the ones who safely step off the trail for other packstock and other trail users. This also limits
the impact by large hooved packstock and other trail users with more impact than the goats on the sides of the trails. You will see packgoats either on a lead or under
positive control of their hiking partner. Some packgoats 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.
PACKGOATS 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 packgoats 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. Packgoats are taught to drink from lakes, streams, and waterfalls. The small/light hooves of the packgoats
have negligible impact on trail and water source surroundings.
WHERE CAN PACKGOATS GO-TERRAIN/ELEVATION
Packgoats can easily climb most any terrain/trail. Packgoats do not mind snow and they do not mind "blow-downs" on the trail. So, when you have a trail with blow-downs,
packgoats easily cross the obstruction without creating impact on trail sides.
LEAVE NO TRACE ETHICS AND TREAD LIGHTLY GUIDELINES FOR PACKGOATS
We advise all packgoat users to abide by general leave no trace ethics and TREAD lightly guidelines.
|Photos by Donna R
Camping and trails are open to packgoat use May 1 - November 30
For more information please see the following resources:
Evergreen Packgoat Club
North American Packgoat Association
|Photo by Derek Pearson