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.

hiking
8 days 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
22 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
3 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
6 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
7 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.

New to Colorado and this was our first overnight trip in high elevation (8600ft). The weather was unseasonably warm during the day in the mid 60’s while temps dropped into the 20’s at night. The climb up going clockwise is very strenuous off-trail bushwhacking /scrambling. The trail is not officially marked so download the offline map as your guide. Someone has graciously stacked rocks (Cairns) in attempt to guide you through the strenuous accent. They are not always easy to find and often the next stack is perched atop a rock above you which requires mild climbing to see (nothing you need climbing gear for just a solid grip and stable feet). If your not comfortable climbing I️ recommend you do the “out and back” portion of goose creek instead. Never the less, the most rewarding hike we’ve been on to date!

off road driving
8 months ago

the gate was closed and this was still one of the best views i've ever seen. we were there at sunset and it was unbelievable. couple fun obstacles to mess around on if you choose to do so, totally avoidable if not. if you'd like to see a video of the run i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5M4C7zvq9E

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

this is a great place and i go here a lot in the winter. i call it camp nosno because its some anomaly that its never snowy there. my theory is the constant 20-60mph winds just blow it off the mountain before it hits the ground haha! still worth camping because you can shoot, hike, everything there. the places that are OK to shoot are facing hills or berms and it's very safe in case you hear gun shots hiking. this is in the heart of the hayman burn area so you can see forever, including hazards while shooting. goose creek turns into matukat and will take you all the way to hwy24 near terryall. its awesome all the way and very easy going which is what i'd rate this trail. the hiking is definitely moderate difficulty with and endless amount of rocks and hills to explore with cliffs everywhere. the grass is one of the weirdest colors i've ever seen and without the trees to block it and the moss covered rocks- it's one of the coolest places at sunset. if you'd like to see the run all the way to hwy24 i have a video up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIbuwCzUEAo&t=14s

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

Beautiful trail only walked In about 2 1/2 miles but well worth it!!

off road driving
10 months ago

Very beautiful area!! Very easy trail for moderate built rigs, or decent driver. Just take it slow and enjoy the view (due to campers coming in and out).

This place is absolutely beautiful. Great place to go backpacking and get away. My friends and I usually come out here and camp a couple days just to decompress. Highly recommendreccomend

backpacking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Beautiful views, somewhat challenging hike. Hiked in early and set up camp near some old mining cabins. Spent the day exploring trails all around the area. Tons to explore!

Nice area to do some hiking/backpacking. Plenty of camping spots, some near the creek. Found secluded spots near the creek which you can find using my recorded track endpoint.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Packed in about 2 hours to find some more secluded campsites - totally worth it. We found a great site hidden between some tall boulders right near the creek, just past the mining shelters and "rock slide." The next day we hiked in the other direction from the shelters, toward the mining equipment, and ended up wishing we had gone that way to camp. There are incredible views with campsites, especially if you're willing to do some bouldering. This was my first backpacking trip and it was unforgettable. Slightly difficult for me even though I'm in decent shape - we adjusted my pack on the way out and it made a huge difference. Will definitely be back.

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