Hiking With Pack Goats
What is Goat Hiking?
"Hiking" might be too grandiose a word to describe what we do... "wandering" or "mosey-ing" might be closer to the truth when you join us on a G.O.A.T. hike. We generally go at "goat speed", which is about a normal walking speed for most people (2-3 miles per hour) depending on the terrain. Your hike can be tailored to be mostly flat and at slow pace where we allow the goats to graze, frolic and take it easy, or we can set out with a specific destination in mind and make it a bit more challenging for both people and goats alike. We can customize any experience custom fitted to your needs, so don't be afraid to ask if you'd like something a little more adventurous or a little more leisurely.
Why are Goats Easily the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) Hiking Companions?
Goats tend to play while they hike, they jump on the stumps and rocks, along with running and kicking up their heels. They have the natural instinct to play follow the leader, which makes them great hiking companions. They tend to stay right with the leader and close to each other. Just don't ask them to cross a stream or even a mud puddle, goats HATE getting their feet wet and will go to great lengths to avoid it.
Hiking with goats makes it fun to get ourselves out and exercise.
Who Can Join In On The Hikes?
People of all ages are allowed to join in on the fun. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Feel free to bring even your baby. You must bring your own baby/toddler backpack carrier. Elderly are also welcome as long as they are comfortable with hiking on different terrain and of course, the pace can be set to accommodate everyone.
When Are the Hikes and How Long Are They?
Hikes are offered from late Spring throughout the Summer usually wrapping up around the 1st part of September. Typically hikes average between 1 1/2 - 2 hours depending on how distracted we all get watching the goats do their thing. The hiking string usually includes at least one or two mature animals (usually a retired doe or two), some juveniles who are training to join the back county pack string and a few babies learning the ropes. With such a vaired group, it's no wonder there are lots of starts and stops, time to let the goats snatch a favorite mouthful of whatever they choose and lots of baby antics to make everyone smile. It's a leisurely pace for us humans too so feel free to capture that perfect Instagram pic, stop to take in the view or just catch a breather (we aren't all Spring chickens ya know).
What Do I Need To Bring On The Hikes?
You would need the appropriate hiking gear. Good hiking boots are a must because the trails can be rocky. Also warm clothes because we all know how the Northwest Montana weather can change at the drop of a hat (pun intended). The goats can easily carry your lunch, water bottle, day pack, jacket or whatever else you would like to bring along in their custom goat pack saddles and panniers leaving you free to just be in the moment.
How Big Of A Group Can Go?
The group can be as small as just 1 person or as large as 10 people at a time. Feel free to surprise a loved one for their birthday but inviting the whole party to hike. We also encourage school groups, home school groups, church and civic groups as well as anyone just curious about goats and goat packing to give us a call to set up a custom outting.
What Does It Cost?
There is a $10 Non-Refundable Reservation Fee. The $10 will be forwarded to the Final Hike Fee.
Hiking price is $35 per Adult and $10 children ages 5 to 15.
Children under the age of 5 years are FREE.
Hikes are RAIN of SHINE (unless it's pouring buckets.. then it's no fun to hike for us or for the goats.)
You Pay In Person Before We Start On The Trail!!
We take all forms of payments including: Credit Cards, Cash, Venmo or Paypal however; cash is king and we offer a 10% discount for cash paying customers and the military.
We will also (on occation) take payment in kind. For the flatlanders amoung is, this means we will barter your goods for our services. If you have something you think might intrest us, hit us up, the worst we can say is "no thank you".
How do I reserve my spot?
Online booking will be offered soon but in the meantime, reservations can be made phone: 812-249-4167
Each hiker must fill out a hiking waiver to have on file BEFORE the hike begins.