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Goose Creek Trail #65

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Goose Creek Trail #65 is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red River, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,261 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


cross country skiing



mountain biking

nature trips


trail running


bird watching






wild flowers


The trail head is about 2 miles south (upstream) of Red River on NM 578.

off trail
over grown
12 days ago

The first 3/4 of the hike are great then the trail disappears. Tree fall, snow and marshy areas made it impossible for me to find any trail. I continued up the mountain staying by the creek and was able to make it to Goose Lake. Time up was 3 hours, would have been faster with a trail. If you have time and energy, hike the steep foot trail on the opposite side of the Lake up to Gold Hill. The hike down was hard with out the trail and picking it back up was difficult. Enjoyable hike that was tough without the trail. Would probably be better in the fall if they cleared the path of some of the tree fall. 7-5-2019

off trail
15 days ago

The bottom 3/4 was great. The trail ran next to the creek the whole way up. We lost the trail shortly after the tree fall and had trouble picking it up again. The snow made it difficult to find our way. We gave up just below the lake. 7-2-2019.

private property
20 days ago

Goose Creek trailhead This is a long hike so plan for plenty of time for out and back with nice visit at Lake. This hike took 6.5 hours total with 4 hours on the way up. Don't give up if you loose the trail, Follow the creek you will find the lake. Around mile 4.5 on way up, the trail disappears. This can be challenging due to down trees and wet marshy areas. We discussed turning back at this point when we didn't see the lake and the afternoon was quickly passing. However we kept going even though we were not sure of trail and we went with go up the mountain and follow the creek mind set. At 4 hours exactly we met the Lake. Keep in mind you will come across a fake lake pond, this is not it. Keep going and you will soon be nestled in middle of a beautiful mountain back drop. You will be crossing creeks throughout the hike so be prepared to balance on down trees when crossing the creek. We saw wildlife throughout the hike. In addition to discovering the beautiful Goose Lake, our journey was rewarded with sightings of a large Black bear, porcupine, mule deer, a snake, and beautiful birds. Great hike, just persevere when the trail ends, follow the creek up to the lake!

4 months ago

What a fun trail. It can be busy, but it very pretty in the fall especially. I love seeing the leaves and hearing the stream flow.

10 months ago

Worth the hike! First, the hiking trail to goose lake is trail 65, the driving and ATV trail is trail 66. Second, the hike to goose lake is 7 mile making the total out and back actually 14 miles NOT 10, so bring water and snacks. Definitely a moderate uphill hike. The lake itself is gorgeous and there are definitely places to tent camp. Plenty of refill areas for water along the way as well. There is a section of downed trees, but if you push straight through in the direction of where the trail stops you will be able to clearly see the pick up on the other side. ~300 ft. The whole trail to goose lake is uphill so as long as you go uphill you cant miss it.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

impassable after 5.5 miles. in effect, no trail to goose lake

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Great trail. There is a spot where there are lots of downed trees.... follow the creek at this point because the trail gets lost due to the downed trees. Use this app as your GPS to locate the trail and lake. Lake is beautiful and worth the hike.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nice fun trail...until you can’t find it anymore

Monday, May 28, 2018

A couple of things to note about this trail. First, this is not the Jeep trail. The Jeep trail is closer to town. Second, I was unable to find the lake. Around mile 5 I ran into a ton of down trees and lost the trail. There are down trees everywhere, making it very difficult. It is a Beautiful trail trail though. We saw a beautiful black bear by the primitive campsite around mile 3. It’s around 100 flights at mile 5 where I lost the trail. I am rating this a 3 Star due to losing the trail. If the trees are cleared and a clear path is made to the lake this is definitely a 5 Star.

off road driving
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Great trail and beautiful views at the Lake. Did it in a lifted 4Runner. No problems at all. Very fun and rewarding trail.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The trail was great but you better be good at navigating around off the trail. Towards halfway of the trail you lost site because of fallen trees everywhere. Be sure to expect delays but the end and getting to the lake is well worth it.

off road driving
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Definitely one of my favorite trails in Red River! Goose Lake is beautiful and peaceful, well worth the trip! It is probably the most popular trail in the area, so expect lots of traffic. Seems like every time I visit, the restroom at the lake is closed.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Disappointing if you think you're going to actually get to the lake! I did not log in to record, but after hiking 5 hours and logging 4.9 miles, the trail abruptly ended in what looked like an apocalypse of uprooted and downed trees in a boggy swamp. We hung around for at least another 45 minutes trying to figure out where the trail resumed but to no avail. We had no choice but to go back down without seeing the magnificent views of Goose Lake. This is also not what I would call a moderate trail except at the beginning. The length and elevation gain alone make it challenging, and there are plenty of places where tree roots, downed trees and rocks make it difficult. You also have to cross the stream several times either on logs or rocks. There are no signs along the trail to guide you, and although the trail is mostly clear, at the end there is no indicator of where to go to get to the lake. Your best bet, if you want to see the lake, is to get there by Jeep or ATV. Otherwise hike up a couple miles to the first or second meadow, have a picnic and hike down. The maps for this trail are inaccurate . If anyone has actually hiked all the way to the top and seen the lake, I'd like to know where I missed the trail.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Love this lake. It is so beautiful and well worth the time. Bring lots of water and a snack to eat by the lake.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The trail was great but there was no lake. I would call it moderate to challenging

trail running
Monday, July 03, 2017

This trail is BRUTAL for running... super steep and loose rocks... but it is beautiful!

off road driving
Monday, August 15, 2016

Fun jeep trail & lots of hiking at the top. .Goose Lake is gorgeous

Friday, July 31, 2015

Awesome!!! Perfect trail for atv!!

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