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Awesome place to take your 4x4. I had a blast exploring the trail which you definitely have some options. The view was amazing from every aspect of the trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

Not much to see on this trail but it's fairly easy. Will do it again.

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.

off road driving
3 months ago

Beautiful drive, but IT IS NOT AN OFF-ROAD TRAIL! It's basically a windy mountain paved road that eventually turns into dirt. You could make this drive in a Cadillac if you really wanted. Not worth it if you're looking for a Jeep trail.

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

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

off road driving
4 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

There are two TRs. Start from Mentmore TR (west off exit 16, not exit 20). Kinda flat, but gets technical and some exposure. Can be a quick 5 mile ride or a 11 mile ride.

off road driving
5 months ago

Easy out and back on well maintained dirt roads. Beautiful views.

birding
6 months ago

I am assuming this place is a wonderful place for birding during winter migration, as the signs in the park explain. The "trail" is a ~3 mile loop meant for driving(15mph) or hiking and is flat terrain with little shade. There are some small trails with viewing platforms for bird watching along the way, as well as plenty of places for picnicking and outdoor bathrooms, as well. I know I came in off season but saw some killdeer, roadrunner and wrens!

scenic driving
7 months ago

Very beautiful drive. Easy on my Xterra. The only problem I had was the cow patties everywhere and the low-life drunks who break their beer bottles all over the place and leave the boxes in the watering hole. Made me upset. Other than that, the drive was lovely.

off road driving
7 months ago

this place is amazing ! Were first time jeepers looking for new adventures to conquer and this is a good one! I really suggest to bring a map or look at it on ur phone because there's so many roads that lead who knows where. luckily never got stuck but still got lost even with a map , lots of rocky climbing and hills and dirt roads!