Goose Creek Trail to Goose Lake

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Goose Creek Trail to Goose Lake is a 10.4 mile lightly 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.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2982 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
2 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.

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.

2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

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

off road driving
3 months ago

trail running
3 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!!