The trail is awesome! Well maintained and easily identifiable. You follow the creek for maybe the first mile or mile and a half but after that the water becomes a little scarce. We hiked six miles in and found a nice little meadow with a creek running next to it that provided plenty of water for pumping. Great trail without a lot of switchbacks so the inclines and declines are a little steep. Saw some wildlife and a few people but otherwise fairly quiet.
I hiked this trail on July 9, 2016. The trail was easy to follow and surprisingly dry, with only a few wet or muddy spots. I changed into sandals to cross the stream, rather than walk over the log bridge. Starting at the Lost Creek Campground and stopping at the beaver ponds was 13 miles (round trip). Remember your bug spray!
Not easy to tell when this trail stops and Lost Creek trail begins, but it's closer to 12 miles ONE WAY. I hiked this yesterday and spent 10 hours total. I hiked out 10 miles until I crossed a larger section of the creek at the end of the large meadows then turned around and hiked back. If you're day-hiking this trail it's pretty easy. If you plan to camp and carry in a 50+ lbs backpack it's fairly technical in some areas and can cause balance challenges. The meadowlands were even better than the beaver ponds as they were quite expansive with nice cool winds. You'll reach the meadowlands after crossing the continental divide - which by itself is a pretty damn good workout. Beautiful trail, lots of scenery and various sections of hiking, but start early. I got to the parking area around 9:30am on a Saturday and had to park a mile back and hike to the trailhead. I've heard if you get to the lot by 8am you'd be fine.
This is one of my favorite trails! I've done it a couple times as a day hike and it's beautiful. It is a good mixture of up hill and down hill. Make sure to bring lots of water and start early in the morning at it gets hot in some areas with no tree cover.
A beautiful trail. We hiked just past the beaver ponds where it was serene and quiet after following the fast flowing creek. Some crossings were tricky, especially for our two dogs. A terrifying but amazing experience when a moose came up the trail behind us at full speed. Lucky we heard a twig snap and turned around in time to jump off the trail. Thankful he kept on running!
Goose Creek was a very easy out and back trail, but it didn't stay along the creek for the majority of the hike. Also, the shaft house was very over rated, and wouldn't recommend visiting it, unless you wanted to see the lost creek valley which had great views, but was hard to find the keyhole that led to it. The views throughout the entire trail were really good, and overall was a pretty good hike. This is a very popular hike, that I wouldn't recommend doing during the Summer months (unless you like people)
This was a great in and out trail. Much easier than I expected. The trail was wide and easy to follow. There also wasn't a lot of elevation gain. I was prepared for snow on the ground but there really wasn't a lot. I was glad to have my trekking poles though. Looking forward to doing this hike again and extending it to a backpacking trip, including other trails to make it a loop.
Other Scout Masters and I often use this hike for a two night stay for the younger Boy Scouts. Its moderate and a great "shake-down" hike for the boys to learn basic backpacking techniques. Plus, it's a destination hike so, the shaft house is a nice visit. It is well traveled and has a few very nice view lookouts. It starts out as a fire burned landscape but quickly turns lush. Great diversity!
Great trail; walking along Goose Creek early is pleasant. But the rock formations up and down the canyon are unique. Also worth seeing are the 1890s bunkhouses at 4.2 miles from the trailhead (some things I've seen say it's 3.7 but we had two distance devices both over 4) and the shaft house up above the bunkhouses about a 1/4 mile.
I completed this trail for a quick overnight backpacking trip. It was deceptively easy for the first couple miles...then quickly gets steep. Worth it, as it was a beautiful hike. Great campsite and open meadow (small but really pretty) at the top, about 1.5 miles from the Wigwam trail intersection. Lots of downed trees and someone fell through one of the foot bridges (she was ok) and made crossing the largest part of the creek pretty tricky. I'm not sure if it was maintainers or a courteous hiker, but someone marked the trail with three rocks...perfect little cairns just when I needed them! There was several times I wouldn't have known where the trail was without that...so, thank you to whomever did that!!