Goodwin Lakes Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Goodwin Lakes Trail is a 8.2 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 bird watching and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,437 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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bird watching

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rocky
12 days ago

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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rocky
12 days ago

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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blowdown
bridge out
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

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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rocky
3 months ago

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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snow
3 months ago

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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snow
3 months ago

backpacking
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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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bugs
over grown
rocky
Friday, August 24, 2018

DIFFICULT NOT MODERATE. Rocky, brutal switchbacks

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

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
Sunday, August 20, 2017

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
Thursday, July 27, 2017

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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

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
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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.

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