Goose Creek Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedalia, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Bailey: From Bailey, drive east on Highway 285 to Pine Junction. Turn south (right) at Pine Junction on to Jefferson County Road 126 toward Pine and Buffalo Creek. Drive 21.8 miles on County Road 126. Turn south (right) on to Forest Service Road 211 that leads to Cheesman Reservoir. Travel 2 miles and turn west (right) at the sign pointing to Goose Creek. Drive 1.1 miles in a westerly direction until you reach a fork in the road. Bear left at the fork and stay on 211. From this fork drive 5.2 miles to a road intersection south of Molly Gulch Campground. Turn right and drive 4.7 miles to the Goose Creek Trailhead access road. Half way along this road you'll pass Goose Creek Campground. At the trailhead access sign turn north (right) and drive 1.3 miles to the trailhead parking.
Love the tranquillity of this trail
The trail is awesome! Well maintained and easily identifiable. You follow the creek for maybe the first mile or mile and a half but after that the water becomes a little scarce. We hiked six miles in and found a nice little meadow with a creek running next to it that provided plenty of water for pumping. Great trail without a lot of switchbacks so the inclines and declines are a little steep. Saw some wildlife and a few people but otherwise fairly quiet.
Had an amazing time! Great trail for our first backpacking trip. They key is finding campsites near water. But there are plenty of them if you look. The rain didn't even stop us! Great time!
This is one of my favorite trails! I've done it a couple times as a day hike and it's beautiful. It is a good mixture of up hill and down hill. Make sure to bring lots of water and start early in the morning at it gets hot in some areas with no tree cover.
Goose Creek was a very easy out and back trail, but it didn't stay along the creek for the majority of the hike. Also, the shaft house was very over rated, and wouldn't recommend visiting it, unless you wanted to see the lost creek valley which had great views, but was hard to find the keyhole that led to it. The views throughout the entire trail were really good, and overall was a pretty good hike. This is a very popular hike, that I wouldn't recommend doing during the Summer months (unless you like people)
This was a great in and out trail. Much easier than I expected. The trail was wide and easy to follow. There also wasn't a lot of elevation gain. I was prepared for snow on the ground but there really wasn't a lot. I was glad to have my trekking poles though. Looking forward to doing this hike again and extending it to a backpacking trip, including other trails to make it a loop.
Other Scout Masters and I often use this hike for a two night stay for the younger Boy Scouts. Its moderate and a great "shake-down" hike for the boys to learn basic backpacking techniques. Plus, it's a destination hike so, the shaft house is a nice visit. It is well traveled and has a few very nice view lookouts. It starts out as a fire burned landscape but quickly turns lush. Great diversity!
Very good time, had a blast. Lots to explore, lots to see, all the aspen trees were changing for fall. Not a hard hike and the fish are eager to bite anything you put in their face.
Great trail; walking along Goose Creek early is pleasant. But the rock formations up and down the canyon are unique. Also worth seeing are the 1890s bunkhouses at 4.2 miles from the trailhead (some things I've seen say it's 3.7 but we had two distance devices both over 4) and the shaft house up above the bunkhouses about a 1/4 mile.