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Goodwin Lakes Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 2,500 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wildlife
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Tom Daugherty
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No Way
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HikingGreat!Rocky

USE TIM THRELKELD'S RECORDING! The official AllTrails recording (and map, and OCM map) give the impression the Goodwin trail turnoff from the Rainbow Trail is at Goodwin Creek. In reality it's maybe 2000ft beyond that. You will pass a false trail ~1000ft after the bridge over the creek, and then another ~1000ft after that is the proper trail turnoff. The trail has a proper sign and is very visible. It's a nice trail with lovely lakes at the end, Not as beautiful as Comanche Lake, but what is?

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Tim Threlkeld
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Hiking

Great hike. Dry all they way to the lake other than a small stream crossing.

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Genna Calkins-Mushrush
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HikingBlowdownRockySnow

Hiked this on June 9th. Not sure why this has a lower rating compared to other trails, since every trail in the Sangres is long and rocky. The climb to Goodwin is actually pretty gradual compared to other lake hikes nearby and while they don’t have the views of the valley (lakes are below tree line), they’re gorgeous. There are quite a few blown down trees, but you can work around them. There was snow on the trail and a semi-gnarly water crossing when I went. It’s a bit over 5 miles round trip from the Venable TH to the meadow if you’re looking for a shorter but still gorgeous hike.

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Brandi Lockerman
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HikingRockySnow

We were not prepared physically however we made it. The trail is very rocky which made coming down slow too. Some of the trail was snow covered still and we had to find ways around it. Even just hiking to the meadow is worth the trip if you are looking for something shorter.

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Jenn Pfiester
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Hiking

Went on this trail mid-June. The lakes at the top are beautiful and the trail was too. However, I might rate this as hard rather than moderate. There were several trees down, some have paths around or were easy to get over, others were not. I lost the trail at the end due to ice and it not being very clear to me, but found my way through by following the app. I thought it was a pretty rough trek up, but it probably didn’t help that I went on my own - would recommend a buddy. Either way, the lakes are fantastic and so serene. Only saw one other hiker. One dog loved it, the other seemed to get pretty worn out. The drive is easy and gorgeous as well, last 2 miles are a well-kept dirt road that my Altima handled fine. Parked in the camp ground and ended up over 10 miles.

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Heather Averill
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Cool views. Some parts were steep, but not too bad. The parts with snow were easy to get around. To get to the second lake, there is a small trail that goes through some willows but is pretty straight forward. I liked the second lake best.

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Alicia McConnel
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Hiking

Very nice trail! We made it from the parking lot up 5 miles. Then there was too much deep snow to keep going for us. Will be back

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Ben Harris
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HikingIcyRockySnow
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Emily White
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Over grownRocky

To the lake is actually a little over 10 miles from the parking lot so BE PREPARED! Plenty of water along the way for dogs. Rocky and steep in parts, makes for a good cardio workout. Fish in the lake!

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PJ Tritt
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BackpackingRocky

I would recommend this hike to anyone who’s looking for a peaceful walk in the forest. My hiking buddy and I saw absolutely no one else on the trail. The lakes are pristine. The road to the trail head is passable with a MINI countryman. Be prepared for a lot of rocks on parts of the trail. Do know that parts of the trail allow horses and ATVs. Overall awesome hike.

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Cuesta Hoop
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HikingRocky

Great hike. Up hill with a steady gain all the way to the top. Tried to follow AllTrails but the trail was rerouted by the forest department many times so don’t be worried when AllTrails says you are off trail. Beautiful lakes at the top. Be prepared for lots of rocks to navigate around. Road to the trailhead was good for a front wheel drive low clearance car... bumpy but doable.

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Benjamin George
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The last one third of a mile to the lakes still has a lot of snow and following the trail is very difficult. There is no bridge to cross the creek so you'll have to find a tree to cross. However, it was an enjoyable hike even through difficult at the end. Not recommended for kids right now until the snow has melted more. Make sure you have waterproof boots! The lower lake is spectacular with great views. From the parking lot near Alvarado campground it was a 9.9 mile hike there and back.

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Amie Bulman
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HikingRocky

Planned on doing Goodwin Lakes Trail but the uphill climb was very rocky and a little too much for my 4 year old. Found a connection that looped back to Comanche and was just right. Absolutely beautiful day.

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Michelle Trontz
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HikingSnow

I'm only giving this trail 3 stars because I have yet to complete it. I'm sure this rating will go up once we reach the lake. Rocky trail but doable. My German Shepherd was fine. We hit knee deep snow pack just over the 10' line. Planning on going back soon.

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Esme DeLange
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Cindy Marascola
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Backpacking

This is a great trail with beautiful lakes. It is awesome because it is not well traveled but the trail is easily followed. There are jaunts along the stream here and there, a large meadow at half way point, steep parts if trail, lots of Forrest and beautiful plants growing among the sections of pine and Aspen. Plenty of Aspen around the 10,000 elevation mark for nice Fall colors. A peaceful trail, only 1 single person seen on our 3 day stay. Bighorn sheep, marmots, pika, deer, along with a rare sighting of a stoat. You get lots of big views at the meadow and then the lakes. Beautiful even with the 80% loss of pine to beetles. Typical Sangres hike - steep places and long trail but doable as a day hike.

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