Goose Creek Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Goose Creek Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedalia, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.6 miles 1656 feet Out & Back

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Lost Creek Wilderness Trail has 100 plus miles of trails located near Jefferson, Colorado that features a waterfall, rounded granite domes and knobs, split boulders, rare granite arches, and tree-lined mountain parks. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October

1 month ago

Love the tranquillity of this trail

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

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.

backpacking
5 months ago

Had an amazing time! Great trail for our first backpacking trip. They key is finding campsites near water. But there are plenty of them if you look. The rain didn't even stop us! Great time!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

backpacking
6 months ago

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)

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Very good time, had a blast. Lots to explore, lots to see, all the aspen trees were changing for fall. Not a hard hike and the fish are eager to bite anything you put in their face.

hiking
1 year ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked in about 2.5 miles with the kids for Father's Day. Great hike and great weather. Parking lot was full when we showed up and we encountered the most people we have seen in Lost Creek Wilderness to date.

hiking
2 years ago

According to the USFS, the trail is 9.4 miles (15 km) round trip. Beautiful trail. Gravel, so easy to do if wet. Lovely wide trail with ups to balance out the downs.

camping
3 years ago

Done this as a backpack trip with 3 others. We hiked out to the first meadows at about 1.5 miles, but there was too many people. We decided to continue up to the cabins. Very nice areas to set camp here. But we keep going south past the cabins thru some bushes and it opens into another meadow. We set camp here. I went 20 yds past this area under some trees and next to the creek. This is where the lostcreek appears, well 200-300 yds down the trail. By the way we were the only ones here in this area. Climb to the top of the ridge early in the morning to get the sun rising on the rock cliff's. Grass and shrubs are growing back and small saplings. It's on a comeback. It's only approximately a half of a mile in the burn area before reaching the creek and shade.

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

After many miles of driving through the Hayman fire area we wondered what kind of hike this was going to be but this is a beautiful trail. The hike drops down into a lush forested canyon along the creek and you would never know there had ever been a fire in the area. It then climbs up for some gorgeous views of the surrounding rocky cliffs. This is supposed to be a moderate trail but I would say most of it is easy with a few moderate spots and I have bad knees. Kids could do this trail with some opportunities to rest. Note: While this trail is supposedly near Sedalia, Colorado, it really isn't near anything (Which I like). It took us 2 1/2 hours to get there from Parker, CO. If you use the "getting there" directions and the milages provided. You will get there with no problem.

camping
4 years ago

Me and a buddy decided to go thru this trail and backpack through. Getting there was the hard part, as CO Rd. 211/Matukat was not marked at all. We ended up driving about 30 minutes further than we had to. We decided to start the trail from end and work our way to start. There were some creek crossings over logs that seem to bee dry rotted / beetle infested and don't see them lasting much longer. Take caution when crossing. We went 2nd week of Nov 2012 and temp got single digit and quite cold overnight. However, fire was sufficient to keep us warm with our improvised shelter. No other hikers were seen. Beautiful scenery, rock formations, etc.