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I absolutely love this trail.

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.

Well marked and great views along the way

backpacking
26 days ago

Recently went on a backpacking trip; we 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. Here's my review for our experience coming one way down Lake Park trail and Hawkins Pass.

On day two, we continued our ascent for about a mile on McCurdy, and then had a break with a descent for the next section. We decided to fork left for Lake Park trail, which had serious elevation gain during some parts. The constant uphill finally came to summit and our group continued to go downhill to meet up with Hawkins pass. No water along Lake Park trail, bring what you need. We really enjoyed the landscape of Hawkins, which included some thick forest and aspen groves. Some shallow streams along Hawkins if you're in need of water there. Happy hiking!

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.

Excellent trial. I would recommend doing Pancake Rocks first and then hit Horsethief Falls Second. The switch backs and slight incline on Pancake Rock trail were moderately hard (comparing to incline). Beautiful sight. Work the hike!

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

Me and my wife did this last Thursday. Fun, pretty hike. Bet it’s amazing in the fall. Lots of heavy breathing the first day up coming from Kansas but got us nice and acclimated quick! The falls were nice with a little water flowing, pancake rocks were great to explore around also.

on Homestead Trail

trail running
1 month ago

Love this trail, especially since it's close to my house. And it goes farther south and west than the map shows. I think it's close to 10 miles in length, although some of the southern sections are a bit sketchy in/along the drainage. The High Chaparral Open Space on the north end is very nice with great views west, south, and east.

The hike was intense. We were there a little under 3.5 hours between hiking, exploring and a lunch stop. The hike is definitely better then the end views. There were some steep incline areas and some nice flat areas. It was peaceful and challenging at the same time.

Went on 5/15/18. Very little traffic. Moderately difficult hike, because of the incline. Was a tiny bit difficult to find the falls though, after the sign the trail wasn't marked. Probably harder than usual because the falls were still mostly frozen. Easy to find the pancake rocks point. Was slightly disappointed there weren't pancakes waiting there for me ;p took a nice little relaxing nap at the end with no interruptions from other people before coming down.

this trail was amazing! we took some extra time close to the summit and hiked near to a mile out of our way to see the views . However after summiting the trail back down was not marked at all and we ended up bushwhacking our way back down to Horsethief Falls.

backpacking
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.

Great hike, challenging once you make the turn to go up to Pancake. Worth the hike. When we came back down quite a few folks going up. Definitely dog friendly. The extra half mile over the the falls was worth it. Although there wasn’t much water flowing.

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.

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.

No snow on trail. Good views at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this with my 12 year old son and really enjoyed it. Quite a challenge and we didn't quite find the USGS marker for the top on account of the rocks becoming a bit too technical and risky for the two of us. The route up was fairly well-marked but once you leave the trees you have to keep an eye out for cairns to guide your way. The route down was basically non-existent if you do the loop but the ground cover isn't too thick and if you keep a close eye on the topography and use your compass getting down isn't too tough.

Views from the top were good, but another set of hikers recommended the view from just east of the summit in the saddle towards Pikes Peak. Next time we go up we'll probably head that way to see what we can see.

No snow or ice on June 2nd, 2018.

backpacking
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.

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.

This was a very scenic and accessible trail with lots of nice, well-used campsites. Be sure to make time to relax on the rocks!

Hiked 5/23/18- No snow on the trail except for two patches on the way to Horsethief Falls, which is still mostly frozen at this point. It is still worth the short trek to (its all level) see it in my opinion. The trail to Pancake Rocks starts off a bit steeper than expected. It rises through a series of switchbacks that take up up a mountain side. This was definitely more difficult than i expected. However, after these switchbacks you come up over a hill and the trail is all level with some downhill for the rest of the way. Granted this means some uphill on the way back but its not too bad. The trail ends at the rocks and there is plenty of opportunity for exploring them. I thought this was a fun hike with a good destination that has some good views too.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike on 5/23. Did the full loop. Trail is mostly dry with a few isolated snow drifts and occasional mud at higher elevations. I brought traction with me but never found it necessary all the way to the summit or on the descent. I would only recommend attempting the summit from the north approach (Left at the marker - walk through Horsethief Park). This section is fairly well established and the trail has a number of cairns to aid in way finding. This will eventually take you to a large boulder field as others mentioned. There are multiple cairned routes through the boulder field. As others have stated, it seems best to try to stay left. I originally started taking one of the routes more to the right side which seemed more direct and eventually had to make my way left anyway to get to an easier route. Staying left initially would have saved time. Summit requires some class 3 moves. USGS summit marker is in the top of a rock slightly north and slightly below the highest rocks at the summit. The southern part of the loop which descends into Horsethief Park near the falls is much less clearly marked. I didn’t see any cairns or tape or anything else to denote a route on the descent so I was happy to have GPS with me. This part of the trail gets very vertical in some spots but is generally doable with caution. Some class 3 down climbing over rock formations I found necessary sticking to the GPS track, YMMV. Overall beautiful hike and the views are well worth the effort. If I were to do this trail again I might consider backtracking the way I came after summiting rather than doing the loop as it seems this section is both much more clearly marked as well as less vertical.

Still too snowy. Made it 500' below the top but had to turn back. The snow made it dangerous going down, even with spikes. I wouldn't recommend this trail except in the summer with no snow.

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.

This was a great hike! The views aren't as majestic as other locales, but the trail was a fun outing.

Finding the trail head is easy and is directly on highway 67, but parking is limited.

The hike to the rocks is a fairly significant incline with some switchbacks. The forest is thick and once you are on the trail you feel completely alone. Some on the trail felt the elevation gain was more difficult than advertised, but if you are in reasonable shape it should be more than doable.

The rock formations at the top are interesting but I would say this hike is about the trail not the destination. The waterfall was pretty anticlimactic. It is beginning to melt but still frozen.

Hiked the trail yesterday. My girlfriend and I (both from Oklahoma) both wore tennis shoes and brought just a small day pack. There were a couple of slick spots, not really a problem at all until we went downhill. Still not bad though, make for funny videos actually! Falls were still frozen and probably will be for a while longer. Pack food and water. Trail was very easy to navigate. It's mostly covered by the trees, make sure to go off trail near the top and look out when you get the chance, there are some large boulders, everywhere, that overlook distant mountains and the valleys. Very beautiful and enjoyable hike!

this is beautiful Scenic hike! however I wish other people would keep their dog on the leash as the trail rules say you need to. passed lots of hikers today not a single one of them had their dog on a leash. so frustrating that no one seems to be able to follow Trail rules.

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