Goose Creek Trail to Goose Lake

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Goose Creek Trail to Goose Lake is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red River, New Mexico that features a waterfall 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.

10.4 miles
2798 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



cross country skiing



mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving


trail running







wild flowers


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

off road driving
3 days ago

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

2 months ago

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
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

trail running
8 months ago

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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off road driving
8 months ago