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Goose Creek Trail 612 to McCurdy Trail

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Lost Creek Wilderness

Goose Creek Trail 612 to McCurdy Trail is a 12.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Florissant, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.6 mi Elevation gain 2,296 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

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Getting There

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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.

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Gregory Crowell
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Hiking

This trail was fun. Be aware of your dogs paws. Poor babies got blistered. Not much water access after 2 1/2 - 3 miles there wasn’t much access to water, if you use a filtration system. Lots of biting flies. Definitely bring all the bug spray.

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Savannah Putnam
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BackpackingGreat!

Amazing rock formations along this trail at the north end, and a flowing, cheery stream on the south end. Great places to camp along the entire route - we stayed in one right in the middle, near where the historic buildings are (in a small trail to the side). Some sections can be grueling, but they are somewhat balanced out by the flatter parts. I did this as part of a longer loop in the lost creek wilderness (starting at the Spruce Grove Campground), and it was definitely my favorite part. Not a crazy amount of mosquitoes compared to some other parts of the Lost Creek Wilderness right now.

Dan Jackson
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HikingBugsGreat!Off trail

Arrived at this trailhead on June 15th. We hiked about 5 miles in, and then immediately headed west, off trail. We hiked about 1.5-2 miles to the interior valley. We found an amazing place to camp on top of the giant rock formations. Water was very tricky to get to from camp (About 400ft. below camp) but it was worth the journey down and up, for the views we had from camp. Had 3 days to explore the area off trail and do a ton of boulder hopping. Took amazing drone footage and will be using all our video to prepare a youtube video of our trip. This trip did not disappoint in the least bit. No wildlife to speak of, but did see fresh bear scat. Check out Offtrail Adventures on youtube to see other trips we have done.

Gauge Frank
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Backpacking

Long dirt road to get in that’s a little annoying. Backpacked 6/12-6/13 and stayed at the campsite 6 miles in. Plenty of water and plenty of other backpackers. Parking lot was full but parking on side of road wasn’t a problem.

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Emily Lawson
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Hiking

Amazing 1 night backpacking trip. Beautiful views all the way up. Access to water up to 5.5 miles into the hike.

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Marv H
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Hiking

Really like the trail, as did the dog. Arrived around 7, lot was full, but when I got back at 12, it was REALLY full. Not difficult at all, water along the way, shade wasn't too bad, so dog didn't overheat, so that is always a bonus. The drive out was kinda long, but it is what it is.

Michael Chipman
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Hiking

Backpacked to a special camping spot with my boys, Davis and Alex. Weather and scenery were beautiful.

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Gail Oliver
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Backpacking

Awesome trail! We hiked up, camped at the top, then hiked back down the next day. Lots of backpackers, day hikers, and dogs. Gate was open, sunny weather, and the creeks were full. If you’re backpacking, there’s lots of opportunity for water the first couple of miles of the trail and at about the last mile.

Katya K.
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Backpacking

Hiked in on Friday, 05/22 and came back on Saturday, 05/23. The trail was in a great condition, no snow, no fallen trees, lots of dispersed campsites. It was a nice combination of uphill and downhill throughout the hike. It was crazy to see the amount of cars parked along the road on Saturday, so I would recommend arriving early in the morning or doing the hike in the middle of the week, if you can.

Carissa Gross
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Backpacking

Hiked in on 5/21 roughly 10 miles to camp and enjoy the backcountry. It was beautiful and didn't see too many other hikers. Hiked out 5/22 and saw at least 25 backpackers, one group was of 6 guys and they didn't yield to us while we were trudging on a steep uphill. Got to the trailhead and we were blown away by the amount of cars lined along the road. Glad we went in the middle of the week to avoid crowds. Great trail, though! Lots of water, too! no snow

Ryan Kenkel
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Hiking

Great views. Went four miles in to check out the historic miner camp. No snow to that point. Water opportunities for first two miles, then again at mile 4. Mosquitos starting to come out.

Corin Vallee
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Backpacking

Hiked in last Saturday, camped, and hiked out Sunday. When we arrived the parking lot was very full but I did not find the actual trail crowded. Trail conditions very good, dry, and weather was in the 50s during the day. Note for backpackers: there are lots of water opportunities on this trail but they come and go. The last part of the trail is pretty sparse for water. We ultimately continued on from Goose Creek to McCurdy to find water. we camped on an awesome ridge overlook just 1/4 a mile in buttttt we had to walk even further to gather water and return to our campsite which involved going down and back up a 500 ft incline into an Aspen valley. It was a nice sight to see but a butt kicker after hiking Goose Creek to McCurdy.

Ingrid Hockenberry
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Hiking

Trail packed at 615a. Lots of campers.

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Cowboy S
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Hiking

Very very busy trail. The parking lot was packed. The trail had tons of foot traffic. Lots of dogs.

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Susan Krafcheck
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Hiking

Gorgeous day. Maintained dirt road into area, about an hour drive off main road Hwy. 126. Lots of cars at trailhead, but ran into minimal people on trail. Dog and I hiked to the cabins. (Too bad there’s so much graffiti inside these historical tributes to the area.) Very clean and dry trail, lots of runoff into Goose Creek. There’s a fork in the trail where it veers off to MCCurdy. Unfortunately that sign was gone. In the area of the Hayman Fire lots of Pasque flowers are growing in clumps. Absolutely beautiful.

C Thom
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Hiking

Hiked 4/25/2020. Absolutely beautiful day!! The dirt road to the trailhead is very long (about an hour drive), but in good condition. There are no facilities at the TH, so plan to pack out any waste/trash. The trail was beautiful and only lightly trafficked today. We went to the historic cabins and played on the granite above there- amazing views! Great place to get up close to the Pikes Peak Batholith! Also, on the drive back on the dirt road, we were able to see the “560 Fire”. It started while we were hiking on the trail. Please be careful out there- this is an extremely dry region and you should not be using an open flame for any reason!

Nicholas Graziano
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Andrea Baros
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Rachel Shapley
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Randy LeValley
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HikingFloodedOff trailOver grown
Jeff Smyth
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Hiking

Loved this trail. Took my two oldest kids out for their first back packing adventure. Took us about 2 hours to walk out to the old cabins from the trailhead, going at a 13-year-old-with-a-25lb-pack’s pace. We camped nearby - there are quite a few good campsites within a few mins walk. The next morning we went up to the old shaft house, packed up and headed home. The trail is easy to follow, and the leaves are fantastic this time of year.

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Broutin Sherrill
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Backpacking

Colors were beautiful. Trail was in great shape. Lots of spots to camp.

Colorado Jones
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Backpacking

We (two of us) hiked up Sunday 9/29, camped at a nice site 4.4 miles in and returned on Monday 9/30. Weather was fabulous, maybe 70ish during the daytime and only dipping down to the mid-40s at night. Lots of Aspen trees in full color right now, so between weather and views, it was a really great time to go. Water is a bit sparse further up the trail. We found enough of a trickle to filter water and fill up our extra bottles at the 3.7 mile mark, just before the side trail up to the historic buildings. There was also a little more water a bit further up at the 4.1 mile mark that might still be there. I can't say for sure whether there's any additional nearby water sources after that. But as a previous poster noted, you'll likely need to plan to pack water in to wherever you intend to camp--at least on the upper portions of the trail. All in all, a great trip, I hope to come back next summer and do a two or three nighter.

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