Goodwin Lakes Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Goodwin Lakes Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2572 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
30 days ago

My friend and I hiked this and it is a nice hike, but maybe not my favorite in this area. You spend most of the time plodding through deep forest with no good views. The last part is waist high plants with beautiful flowers, but once again, not much in the way of those "ahhhh" views. We stopped at the first lake with is pretty. There are some really steep parts with lots of loose rocks/gravel/sand which makes it treacherous coming back down. Lots and lots of ankle twisting fist sized rocks covering the trail from top to bottom. For the same exertion but far more payoff in prettier views, do the Venable hike instead of this one.

backpacking
1 month ago

3 stars because: the last 1-2 miles of trail are heavily overgrown, if there has been rain or you are hiking in the a.m. get ready to be soaked from the waist down.

Secondly, the last mile is VERY steep, so steep that pack dockeys could not ascend!! we talked to people who had to rig up a pully system to get their donkey through some particularly steep/muddy sections...NEEDS SWITCHBACKS...they were very worried about the descent so warning to people with livestock!!!

Lastly, there is literally one legal fire pit near the lakes so if you like traditional camping with a fire, you may or may not get lucky. Real estate for backpackers is slim unless you're an ultralighter and dont need much space or you bring a hammock. Very steep walls lead into the lakes, it is exhausting getting from one to the other.

also, we had hail in the evening and lots of frost in the morning! woo hoo

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpacked up to Goodwin Lakes with my pup. The hike is heavily wooded until you actually get to the lakes. The first two lakes are still below tree line for the most part but there is a path that goes up to the upper lake that has a great view and a nice waterfall. No fire pits up there but still a nice place. Overall a good hike and an okay place to spend the night.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike, did this mid week and didn't see another hiker. There is a touch of snow just before you reach the Lakes but nothing horrible.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Only saw one other hiker. Could not get all the way to the lakes because of snow at 10,200 but loved the hike anyway. Trail clear to the first lake.

camping
Saturday, July 13, 2013

This was a fun trail, for being mid May, it had snow startng around 9800 feet and just got deeper. We had to come back down and camp at a lower elevation for the night.