Explore the most popular birding trails near Lake George with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Amazing beautiful Trail! Fantastic rock formations if you go all the way up. We will be back. Camped at
Goose Creek campground, but could have camped on the trail. Got fantastic photos!

Easy trail offering beautiful views. We did not see a single person on the whole 3.6 mike loop.

off road driving
23 days ago

Metberry Gulch is a cool trail with lots to look at. The rock formations are endless and the mix of red dirt makes it a cool area. The trail has been nerf'd so the notch area I drove past and almost missed it. The giant rut at the bottom of the slab has been filled in as well making it more like coming out of a parking garage than a major obstacle. Even when this trail was "bad" my buddy did it in his stock Frontier, never been offroad before. If you'd like to see a video of the run I have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-CwxL1FEHQ

2nd gen Xterra, 33" tires, 2" lift, no sway bars.

Love this area. We did the goose creek loop counter-clockwise, 3 nights and 4 days. Days 2 and 3 are by far the toughest, lots of uphill and steep switchbacks. Stayed on McGurdy park trail instead of taking the Lake Park “shortcut”. Pretty much all downhill from Hankins pass back to the trailhead. It was my 10 year old son’s first pack it in pack it out trip. He did great, so any dedicated novice can do this.

Kid friendly camping spots early on, trail was very busy and lots of people with poorly trained off leash dogs. Wilderness area was beautiful, saw some cows in the burn scar area before the trailhead. Spotted some grouse and the biggest beaver dam I’ve seen in person on goose creek.

Beautiful scenery, sort of a desert feel to it at first.

off road driving
1 month ago

My son and I had a great time! Easy trail but the views are amazing and the river at the end was a lot of fun to play in.

Great fishing, to boot!!

very well maintained trail. Great camp spots just down from the old miner buildings with great water supply. I hiked in another few miles and was able to use a small creek in a very secluded area. some spectacular views when you hiked off trail and onto rock. a little hot last week.

hiking
2 months ago

just did little part of it while we were on camping. still worth a try.

Backpacked 5 miles into the trail. The first mile or so is burn scar, but after that is exquisite. I've never seen more beautiful scenery anywhere. Plenty of good campgrounds and water sources.

backpacking
2 months ago

Recently went on a backpacking trip; we went counterclockwise, starting at Goose Creek, forking left onto McCurdy, left again at Lake Park, and final left at Hawkins Pass. Around 24 miles total. Here's my review for our experience coming one way down Lake Park trail and Hawkins Pass.

On day two, we continued our ascent for about a mile on McCurdy, and then had a break with a descent for the next section. We decided to fork left for Lake Park trail, which had serious elevation gain during some parts. The constant uphill finally came to summit and our group continued to go downhill to meet up with Hawkins pass. No water along Lake Park trail, bring what you need. We really enjoyed the landscape of Hawkins, which included some thick forest and aspen groves. Some shallow streams along Hawkins if you're in need of water there. Happy hiking!

Our backpacking trip went counterclockwise, starting at Goose Creek, forking left onto McCurdy, left again at Lake Park, and final left at Hawkins Pass. Around 24 miles total.

Goose Creek trail was cool; there is a diverse landscape varying from mountain views to aspen groves to large rock formations. Plenty of water from mile 1 though 6 along this route for the backpackers. Can’t speak to further sections, as we created a loop with McCurdy.

We continued our trek that day into McCurdy (junction at about 6 miles into Goose Creek). McCurdy is tough, required lots of breaks for us as we are relatively new to backpacking and carrying +/-30lb packs. Decent water sources from the Goose Creek / McCurdy junction — for us, we filled up around our mile 8, mile 9 (cave / stream area), and close to mile 10.

All water sources are low, keep in mind we had a low snowpack this year, therefore streams and cave water are lower than normal. Related to this, there are fire restrictions in the area! Always a best practice during a hot and dry summer to NOT start an open fire. Bring fuel and a personal stove to cook. Don’t be that guy, the one who starts a completely preventable forest fire.

on Two Towers

off road driving
3 months ago

Great Jeep trail for enjoying Colorado scenery. Trails are not rock crawl worthy by any means, but there are a few challenging spots. This was a weekday trek with very light ATV traffic, but based on the trail ruts this is probably a high traffic area on the weekends considering its proximity to CO Springs. 2014 JKU Oscar Mike 2-1/2” lift, ran 25 psi and in 4 low for bit just to keep the speed down and ease for the steeper grades. Nice old structures to experience on one part. Nice Forest Service trail map board and maps for the taking if they didn’t run out. Recommend stand alone GPS unit as cell service is spotty at best. I used a Tom Tom which had all trails properly identified. Overall awesome trail for moderate off-roading and great scenery.

Good conditions, but some erosion on the trail. Easy to follow.

hiking
3 months ago

Family friendly and plenty of water along the way for dogs. 4 stars as it is not very well marked, there are multiple trails. Great lake views!

backpacking
4 months ago

Went weekend of May 4th. Just passed the cabins we veered left toward what we called “hitchhikers thumb” and climbed all the way down to the creek. Tough decent, but well worth it. Out of earshot the whole weekend. Weather was OK. Low in the 20s overnight. Will definitely go back.

I read about this place on different websites so we decided to give it a go. We opted for an out and back overnight camping trip on goose creek trail. The scenery was nice and the trail was easy to follow. We stopped at a site about 5.5 miles in a decided to set up camp. It was a nice big camp site with a decent water source. There was a little trail across from our site that went up hill to a more secluded camp site with nice views of the mountains. I wish I would have noticed that site before settling in. Either way we had fun and would like to try one of the loops next time.

Good hike. Decent water, shade, and a few views. Didn't see any animals except for dogs. Pretty easy until you hit the side trail to historic buildings. Then there are some inclines but nothing awful. Found good camping and water 5.5 miles in. Trailhead parking lot gets full.

Concur with Santha... this description is wrong as it only accounts for the trail until it hits a side hike to historic buildings.

Very nice place for backpacking. Lots of creek along the path to refill water. Many disperse camping spots. Trail was moderate to hard. You can go out and back. You can multiple days where there is a short loop and a long loop. Very versatile.

I was slightly confuddled by this site and map 105. People kept talking about the "end of the trail," but the end of the trail is where Goose Creek meets Wigwam on map 105. Just for clarity, this hike is from the trailhead to the turnoff for the historic buildings (which are well marked). The 7.7 miles is just this portion of Goose Creek Trail.

The hike is ideal. The weather in June was in the low 80's, so although it was warmish during the day, night time really cooled off (and we had two small thunderstorms--one each evening--while camping out). We packed in, set up camp at the creek flowing to the historic buildings and then did a day hike up to almost where Goose Creek hits McCurdy (great lunch stop vista up there, btw, right before the trails hook up). Took about two hours from our campsite to make it up that far. Went through some of the prettiest Aspen old growth I've seen in a while. It was very refreshing. We crossed two streams on the way, so water was plentiful. After we returned to camp, we hiked down to the historic buildings and found a nice vista to enjoy our dinner. This is absolutely gorgeous country.

Truly enjoyed our three days in Lost Creek Wilderness and will definitely be back to do more of Goose Creek Trail #612.

backpacking
4 months ago

This hike takes place in a picturesque terrain. We hiked in to camp out near the creek. We found a really nice secluded area to set camp near the end of the marked trail. The following day hiked further than the marked trail and you can keep going not knowing where the trail ends but supposedly keep continuing.
The marked part is not strenuous at all even with the backpack but the unmarked portion is quite an elevation. Worth the try, it’s very pretty.
Overall a great place to camp not far from the city.

I’m glad we didn’t let the crowded parking lot dissuade us from doing this trail. We saw a steady number of people on the trail, but nothing overwhelming. Once we arrived at the historic buildings, we headed further down hill until we found a nice size creek to camp near. The rock formations on the mountain walls were amazing. Loved this trip.

Took some Boy Scouts up to do their 20-mile hike for their hiking merit badge. It was a great hike with quite a bit of elevation gain (3,000ft). We stayed on Goose Creek the entire 10 miles in. Beautiful views when it wasn't foggy and raining on us, but still beautiful none-the-less. If I were to do this again I would have backpacked in and camped along the trail. There are some amazing camping spots about 1 mile in from the trailhead.

Great hike, plenty of camping spots, we will definitely be back.

hiking
5 months ago

Would rate this more on the easier side. Good hike though. Almost all the elevation gain in on the way back to the trailhead. Clocked my miles at more like 8.5 round trip.

Great trail - starts out in the burn scar but after about 1/2 mile goes into beautiful, lush forest. Light snow on the majority of the trail on 1/28/18 but easy to follow due to previous hikers footprints (might be more difficult after a fresh snowfall). If you go all the way to the historic buildings the RT mileage is actually 9.7 miles not 7.7.

off road driving
9 months ago

This trail was a lot of fun for a rookie like me, and my daughter. We went all the way to the end and back without issue in a stock wrangler unlimited with all terrain tires. A little steep at the end, but nothing we were concerned about. Very scenic.

off road driving
9 months ago

This is an awesome trail! I have a 2017 stock Jeep Unlimited Wrangler. The trail was not an issue. The top was closed for the winter but it was a fantastic drive with amazing views.

12/30 really nice hike. It was 60 degrees and sunny. Beautiful views, fun driving there, and not too difficult. Highly recommend.

If you keep going a little bit past the end point, you’ll run into some really cool old buildings.

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