I was lucky enough to draw Mills Creek this year. The unlucky part is a little over a year ago I had an injury during training that required knee surgery. Then, I was even more unlucky when I had to go back to have the surgery done over again this spring. So, instead of spending my summer hiking I've spent it going to physical therapy. Things have worked out and the doctor has cleared me for the hunt, albeit I'll be moving at about half speed and foregoing all creature comforts in the name of weight savings.
I've been down a few times scouting and have yet to actually see a goat. I've glassed from the Tern Lake parking lot and just about every pull out along the highway. I've looked at a few different approaches to get back into Mills Creek valley, but because of my injury I haven't actually been able to hike back in there.
I've previously hiked the Mills Creek trail from the gravel pit, so I'm familiar with that, but if I can avoid an 8 mile hike I'd like to. I don't have a trailer for my mountain bike, so that's out.
I've also looked at going up along Johns Creek starting at the overgrown, gated trail. It was a decent walk and not bad bush whacking. I made it about a mile back before turning around. My concerns are that as the creek hits the mountains I worry about still being able to follow it or if it becomes more of a canyon.
I've also taken a look at the straightest shot by starting at Upper Trails Court, but that looks pretty steep. Only about 3/4 of a mile and then you're in the valley, so that's appealing. However, the most logical path looks to drop down into a steep sided cut.
If anyone can PM me some info about any of the routes I've looked at or any other ones they've used, I'd be very appreciative. In the spirit of sharing, if any route information pans out I'll share some info about my sheep spot.