Galloping Goose Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Telluride, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

5.5 miles
577 feet
Out & Back


horseback riding

mountain biking


trail running






wild flowers


no dogs

The Galloping Goose has a number of trail heads and can be accessed from many points on Highway 145 and Illium Road between Telluride and Lizard Head Pass. The closest trail head to Telluride is on Society Drive just off Highway 145 past the Conoco at the Lawson Hill subdivision.

1 month ago

This trail would be great for a local person just looking for exercise, rather than a tourist looking to experience the views and scenery that the area is known for. The trail is relatively flat but the All Trails distance description from the parking area they mention to Ilium is actually longer - about 6.5 miles round trip. There is quite a bit of road noise and limited views of the waterfalls without taking a detour off the main trail. A portion of the hike is along the rivers edge but there the trail is running through private land so you can’t actually get to the water. I would recommend looking elsewhere if you’re looking for a hike in this area. And yes, signs posted everywhere - “no dogs”.

2 months ago

Beautiful views.

4 months ago

We don’t know as went with our dog, since it says dog friendly on All Trails and it’s not. It’s posted that no dogs are allowed.

4 months ago

nice hike. went down into the lower gorge around the bridges and back out. good stretches of shade and sun. some parts a little tough but mostly easy going. went with a 4 and 7 year old who were capable for this.

4 months ago

Loved the views and the ease of this walk.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Fun, runs along the river to river trail

mountain biking
Friday, July 12, 2013

Fairly easy trail. There is one tricky part that you must watch for where the trail is eroding off the side of the cliff (after first creek crossing). You can buy it there easy. I chose to walk my bike at that part.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We do this from our house for a nice easy ride. It is a beautiful, nice and easy ride in the summer.

3 months ago

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Saturday, November 24, 2012