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hiking
2 days ago

Not quite “easy” but definitely recommended!

off road driving
5 days ago

Took this trail up and wow! Great drive up and even better when you reach the lake. Amazing!! Beautiful!!

I did this trail solo on 9/6/18. Was happy my rental car was a small SUV. The gravel/rocky road had large pits and puddles. I would not recommend a sedan.

As mentioned in other reviews, steep climb via switchbacks. I took several Trail shortcuts. Made it to the lake in 1.5 hours. I’m from NC and had been in CO prior to my trip to NM. So I was partially acclimated to altitude. Had the trail and lake to myself. (Was on trail by 8:30.) Saw hikers and HB riders on way down which took 52 minutes.

Totally worth the climb! Highly recommended. I am 63 yr. old female. Do a fair amount of hiking in WNC. One thing I recommend is to put your cell in airplane mode. My battery was almost dead on way down. It was constantly looking for a cell signal on way up. Using AllTrails didn’t help either. But having it on airplane mode would have saved a lot of juice. Happy Trails to You!

off road driving
14 days ago

Great trail for beginners learning how their machine responds to such terrain. I rode our Polaris General up it with enough challenges in some areas that it kept the ride interesting. Beautiful view at the top. There’s also alternate very easy trails down, so congested narrow roads aren’t a problem.

Worth the hike! First, the hiking trail to goose lake is trail 65, the driving and ATV trail is trail 66. Second, the hike to goose lake is 7 mile making the total out and back actually 14 miles NOT 10, so bring water and snacks. Definitely a moderate uphill hike. The lake itself is gorgeous and there are definitely places to tent camp. Plenty of refill areas for water along the way as well. There is a section of downed trees, but if you push straight through in the direction of where the trail stops you will be able to clearly see the pick up on the other side. ~300 ft. The whole trail to goose lake is uphill so as long as you go uphill you cant miss it.

Moderate hike and well worth the trip all the way to the lake. . The lake is beautiful and easy to hike around once you get there. There are lots of chipmunks around the trees at the lake’s edge. You can also take the trail next to the river instead of the main switch-back trail. The river side trail is much more difficult but well worth the solitude and beauty of the forest.

Starts out as a 4 wheel drive trail so be cautious of the “renters” learning their new skills. When the trail turns left it becomes a steep upslope with unsure footing. Within a hundred yards if so there is a deserted mineshaft and then a cave, shored as if it were another mining venture. We ventured up the steep slope but gave up a few hundred yards further as there seemed no abating the footing or grade. Checking the GPS we were still on the trail. I would class the first half mile or so as easy yet uninteresting, and the loop shown on the trail as difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

The views of the mountains make this hike well worth it! Lost Lake was pretty but I was a little disappointed. Tired and may be sore tomorrow but mentally recharged.

It is a beautiful lake and worth the hike.

We must have gotten off the trail b/c the round trip mileage was a little more than 5.25 miles. We still had a blast! The Lake was amazing and we had it all to ourselves. Will definitely be back.

Gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail starts out easy but has ascents and descents on a narrower than expected trail that belies its easy rating. The trail follows by a small stream that runs parallel with Red River and the mule deer and birds are abundant. There are several points with great views of Red River and the surrounding mountains.

Toward the end of the trail pay attention as it switch backs up the mountain side and the sign showing the switch back can be easily missed as you look the other direction at the view of Red River. I missed it going out and had to pick up the trail coming back. There are several side trails and erosion has changed the trail from the one listed on this app but otherwise it is easy to follow if you look for the signs.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is a wide trail that is switch back after switch back to the lake after the initial walk down a road to a footbridge over a stream. There is one stream crossing that will require stepping on rocks or logs if you don’t want to get your feet wet. The trail passes through forest almost the entire way, which limits the views, although there are several small waterfalls in the stream that runs along the trail for quite a ways.

The payoff for the limited views is huge as the trail abruptly pops you out to one of the most stunning views of a lake that you will ever see. Do it as the sun is rising and you will never forget this unbelievably beautiful lake taken straight from a postcard.

Fun hike for a beginner like me. Close to town

off road driving
1 month ago

Just did this trail. Well worth it. The lake at the top is amazing. Highly recommend.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great trail there are a few rocky areas but not bad. I’d say this is an easy trail for any side by side. Took us 45min up and about the same coming back down.

Beautiful hike for the family and two little dogs. Found the caves kids really excited would definitely do this one again. Short and sweet!

off road driving
2 months ago

This is the off-roading trail that takes you to Goose Lake. Goose Creek trail is different so be careful not to confuse these. I completed this trail in a stock Tacoma TRD off-road with no issues. Very bumpy trail but easy to follow. Most of the trail required 4-low and there were various ridges/boulders to crawl over (they were not too difficult). Trail was about 10 miles and took 1 and a half hours to reach the lake. The lake is awesome and there are plenty of spots to set up hammocks and have lunch.

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike!
Me and my kids (12-16) hiked it on 7/11/18 had lunch at the lake and explored. Planned to fish but no luck, didn’t even see a trout one. Loads of great views, you do have to cross the creek half way up but it is wide and there is plenty of rocks/logs to step on. We stuck to the main trail and made it in about 1 hr 15 minutes. If you take a few of the hiking trail short cuts at the switchbacks you can save some time ascending and still stay on a designated hiking trail.
Remember to follow Leave no Trace principles!!
Happy hiking!

The incline is very steady which makes this hike easier than you’d think for the elevation you gain. I backpacked there this weekend and it was beautiful. Lost Lake is a gem.

One of my favorite all time hikes ever.

hiking
2 months ago

Did a hike here once or twice back as a kid in the 90’s...let’s just say that it’s one of my few standards for comparing hikes to now.

impassable after 5.5 miles. in effect, no trail to goose lake

backpacking
2 months ago

Just spent four days camped at Middle Fork. Backpacked up and found a great tent site. The first three miles of the trail are a pretty easy haul but the last mile is a little tough, especially when you're carrying a full backpack and not used to the altitude and, most especially, for a 64 year-old. I took my flyrod and tried to get a rise during my first couple of days there, but never saw a single trout feeding. I have a feeling that this lake is pretty much fished out. What a shame. The last time I was there, about 30-35 years ago, I caught fish after fish and released most of them. Of course, that was back when motorized vehicles were allowed on the trail. They have since built an outhouse at the top for the prissy folks. I had planned to pack over to Lost Lake on the third day but, unfortunately, I discovered my first evening there I discovered I had left my pill box at home and didn't want to risk going any longer without it so instead of a week in the mountains it came to only the four days. Saw a bear ambling by on my first morning there, about 250 feet away through the trees. I'm sure he knew I was there but completely ignored me. I made sure I hung my bear bag the rest of the time I was there. It's well worth the hike, especially if you spend the night up there. Lots of day hikers visiting during the day but quite isolated at night.

Great trail. There is a spot where there are lots of downed trees.... follow the creek at this point because the trail gets lost due to the downed trees. Use this app as your GPS to locate the trail and lake. Lake is beautiful and worth the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an amazing 10 plus mile out and back and a Great workout!! The lake is beautiful and lots of dense forest before it opens up to amazing views of the Sangre De Christo mountains. It’s a 5 mile climb up but not to strenuous.

The road to the trailhead is a well-maintained gravel road, but still a little rough. We did see a Prius back there, but high clearance is probably a good idea. The trail is really just a set of switchbacks without much to see. However, it is well-maintained and shaded most of the way. About half-way to the lake you cross a creek with a beautiful set of cascades. The switchbacks aren’t too steep, but the altitude left me a little winded. The lake at the end is definitely worth the hike. It was gorgeous and we had the place to ourselves. Dogs loved it.

There are 22 switchbacks. Mostly shade, lots of wildflowers, dragonflies, and beautiful lake at the top. The mileage we clocked was 5.4 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice fun trail...until you can’t find it anymore

Beautiful, not very strenuous gradual incline. Only difficulty is the length. I did this trail and backpacked to lost lake set up camp then hiked up to horseshoe. One of my all time favorite hikes.

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