We aren’t able to reach consensus on its safety so we decide to turn back from the rocky bypass, to forego Goat Lake. We take a quick look at the Jumbo Creek Trailhead a few miles back, which shows a connection to Goat Lake, but find it’s non-motorized.
“We could go to Trinity Lake,” I propose. “It’s a real campground so we could even have a fire in the ‘official’ ring. And it’s not hard to get back on the route from there tomorrow.” It’s agreed.
We like to avoid roads and campgrounds but the alternative, staying somewhere along the river here, where it’s hot and dusty, doesn’t seem great.