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4 days ago

The fairly level, rolling trail for 2.5 miles is a bit unique and nice. After that is a steady, steep climb up 3 miles to a saddle, which gave us the work out we wanted. It's all in a pretty forest with limited views but the granite outcrops that we did see were great. We saw about a dozen friendly people on a Saturday in August, so not bad for the crowds.

Backpacked 5 miles into the trail. The first mile or so is burn scar, but after that is exquisite. I've never seen more beautiful scenery anywhere. Plenty of good campgrounds and water sources.

The trails don’t have great signage and sometimes your not sure if the road your on is where you should be. I suggest if your going by yourself make sure you tell someone where your riding and make time for wrong turns. The climbs can be difficult at times depending on the erosion or root situation. All in all I love these trails. Lots of long climbs and equally Long descent. Wildlife can also be surprising. Lions, tigers, foxes, coyote, deer elk and bears to start with.

Our backpacking trip went counterclockwise, starting at Goose Creek, forking left onto McCurdy, left again at Lake Park, and final left at Hawkins Pass. Around 24 miles total.

Goose Creek trail was cool; there is a diverse landscape varying from mountain views to aspen groves to large rock formations. Plenty of water from mile 1 though 6 along this route for the backpackers. Can’t speak to further sections, as we created a loop with McCurdy.

We continued our trek that day into McCurdy (junction at about 6 miles into Goose Creek). McCurdy is tough, required lots of breaks for us as we are relatively new to backpacking and carrying +/-30lb packs. Decent water sources from the Goose Creek / McCurdy junction — for us, we filled up around our mile 8, mile 9 (cave / stream area), and close to mile 10.

All water sources are low, keep in mind we had a low snowpack this year, therefore streams and cave water are lower than normal. Related to this, there are fire restrictions in the area! Always a best practice during a hot and dry summer to NOT start an open fire. Bring fuel and a personal stove to cook. Don’t be that guy, the one who starts a completely preventable forest fire.

Amazing trail, only went in 2 miles, to a sweet campsite then scrambled down to the river. Perfect quick afternoon hike

Very beautiful, but we only went one mile in and back

Good conditions, but some erosion on the trail. Easy to follow.

1 month ago

I drove from Denver and even though the description doesn't say it, the road from Bailey to the trail head is 100% gravel. Long time for gravel. But, that is the only negative. The hike was fantastic. We hiked in on a Saturday Afternoon in June and prime open camp sports were everywhere. One of the guys in my group caught a bunch of fish at the beaver ponds (very small however).

I really loved this hike which is surprising because it feels so desolate from the fire scar. But we heard so many birds chirping and butterflies flickering around. However, we started at 9 and it was HOT. If a storm hadn’t rolled in on our way back it would have been a killer. Get an early start!!

2 months ago

Went weekend of May 4th. Just passed the cabins we veered left toward what we called “hitchhikers thumb” and climbed all the way down to the creek. Tough decent, but well worth it. Out of earshot the whole weekend. Weather was OK. Low in the 20s overnight. Will definitely go back.

I read about this place on different websites so we decided to give it a go. We opted for an out and back overnight camping trip on goose creek trail. The scenery was nice and the trail was easy to follow. We stopped at a site about 5.5 miles in a decided to set up camp. It was a nice big camp site with a decent water source. There was a little trail across from our site that went up hill to a more secluded camp site with nice views of the mountains. I wish I would have noticed that site before settling in. Either way we had fun and would like to try one of the loops next time.

Good hike. Decent water, shade, and a few views. Didn't see any animals except for dogs. Pretty easy until you hit the side trail to historic buildings. Then there are some inclines but nothing awful. Found good camping and water 5.5 miles in. Trailhead parking lot gets full.

Concur with Santha... this description is wrong as it only accounts for the trail until it hits a side hike to historic buildings.

Very nice place for backpacking. Lots of creek along the path to refill water. Many disperse camping spots. Trail was moderate to hard. You can go out and back. You can multiple days where there is a short loop and a long loop. Very versatile.

2 months ago

This trail is not closed! We hiked it about two weeks as an overnight with the dog. It was not very crowded and there was a beautiful aspen grove at one point. There is really only water right when you enter Lost Creek Wilderness and at the end of the trail where you can camp for the night. There was a good amount of people camping but there were plenty of spots and we were not near anyone. Great hike! It was a perfect hike for end of May, very warm.

I was slightly confuddled by this site and map 105. People kept talking about the "end of the trail," but the end of the trail is where Goose Creek meets Wigwam on map 105. Just for clarity, this hike is from the trailhead to the turnoff for the historic buildings (which are well marked). The 7.7 miles is just this portion of Goose Creek Trail.

The hike is ideal. The weather in June was in the low 80's, so although it was warmish during the day, night time really cooled off (and we had two small thunderstorms--one each evening--while camping out). We packed in, set up camp at the creek flowing to the historic buildings and then did a day hike up to almost where Goose Creek hits McCurdy (great lunch stop vista up there, btw, right before the trails hook up). Took about two hours from our campsite to make it up that far. Went through some of the prettiest Aspen old growth I've seen in a while. It was very refreshing. We crossed two streams on the way, so water was plentiful. After we returned to camp, we hiked down to the historic buildings and found a nice vista to enjoy our dinner. This is absolutely gorgeous country.

Truly enjoyed our three days in Lost Creek Wilderness and will definitely be back to do more of Goose Creek Trail #612.

Medium length mostly level trail to a beautiful rock formation with a great view.

2 months ago

I couldn’t find the trail head that these directions lead you to.. it took me up a private road with no forest access. I found another trailhead off my atlas, it starts on ranch property and they ask you pay a few $$ to get in ($1 per human, $2 per dog). It was a nice shaded trail with access to the creek in places, my dog loved that. Good incline, not many people out there.

2 months ago

easy hike until 3.5 miles in, which is where this trail technically ends but the trail continues after that. Can’t wait to go back and see after I turned around and make the hike longer. Very pretty and shaded.

2 months ago

This hike takes place in a picturesque terrain. We hiked in to camp out near the creek. We found a really nice secluded area to set camp near the end of the marked trail. The following day hiked further than the marked trail and you can keep going not knowing where the trail ends but supposedly keep continuing.
The marked part is not strenuous at all even with the backpack but the unmarked portion is quite an elevation. Worth the try, it’s very pretty.
Overall a great place to camp not far from the city.

This trail mingles with the Colorado Trail for about 0.2 miles then breaks off. Easy hike for most of the trail until you hit 3 miles then it is a mild to moderate scramble along the river. Ending was great and a good place to sit enjoy a snack and rest before heading back. Good for trail running too.

Great views

The trail continues another 2-3 miles past the red highlighted route on All Trails but it doesn’t really lead to a peak with a view or anything unless we completely missed it. This trail is a great backpacker’s warm up for a longer, higher more strenuous trek if planning one. Rated 3 stars for lack of open views.

I’m glad we didn’t let the crowded parking lot dissuade us from doing this trail. We saw a steady number of people on the trail, but nothing overwhelming. Once we arrived at the historic buildings, we headed further down hill until we found a nice size creek to camp near. The rock formations on the mountain walls were amazing. Loved this trip.

Loved this hike! A long one, but tons of beautiful scenery along the way. The first 3 miles is very exposed, so a hat & sunscreen is good idea. Tons of wildflowers in bloom & the destination to Chair Rocks did not disappoint, amazing rock formations & great views!

This by far has to be one of my favorite trails lots of great views and the further you go the better. It gets really rough which is what I like I actually fell on my face lol. Great water crossings and even a small waterfall about 5 miles in. We got a late start so we didn’t get as far as we wanted to but we’re definitely going back.

Took some Boy Scouts up to do their 20-mile hike for their hiking merit badge. It was a great hike with quite a bit of elevation gain (3,000ft). We stayed on Goose Creek the entire 10 miles in. Beautiful views when it wasn't foggy and raining on us, but still beautiful none-the-less. If I were to do this again I would have backpacked in and camped along the trail. There are some amazing camping spots about 1 mile in from the trailhead.

Nice drive-in to this hike - managed the drive fairly easily without 4-wheel drive, though I imagine it would be necessary in the colder months when the road is in worse shape. The hike itself was beautiful with multiple river crossings. The All-trails rating is “hard” but this was an easy-to-moderate hike for most experienced hikers. The trail continues past the all trails map for at least another 2-3 miles where it gets quite a bit steeper and may cross into the moderate/hard range. Could not follow the trail to the end because it started to get fairly icy with packed down snow near the top. Follow the all trails route for an easier, albeit slightly lengthy, and picturesque hike. Continue on for a more challenging and steeper grade and some more nice views.

Fantastic, easy trail! We only passed a few water trails but the viewpoint a few miles in is beautiful.

Trail was mostly clear, did see mountain lion tracks so be advised. Lovely views, steep climb up to the Pancake Rocks.

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