Goose Creek Trail # 827

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

**Travelers should note that this trail was badly damaged by a wildfire in 2013.  The trail is being repaired, however, soil erosion and downed trees make this a challenging trail requiring route finding and some off-trail travel.  After the first few miles, this trail becomes more hazardous and is not safe for horse travel or other stock use.

The last section of the trail, heading to the junction with Ivy Creek, is impassable for horses and rough going for hikers.  Route finding is required and hikers can expect off-trail travel with downed trees and other obstacles.**

The Goose Creek Trail (#827) is 12.9 miles long. It begins at Roaring Fork Trail #807 and ends at Ivy Creek Trail (#805).

The Goose Creek Trail immediately descends to a large meadow adjacent to Goose Creek. The trail crosses the mouth of Fisher Creek and proceeds up the scattered finger-like parks and patches of timber, and will follow the Goose Creek for its entire length.

The trail grade is gradual for most of the 11 miles that it parallels Goose Creek beginning at approximately 9,100 feet, climbing to approximately 11,200 before the steepest part of the trail begins.  The last 1 – 2 miles are a steep climb out of the upper slopes of Goose Creek to the Divide between Goose Creek and Little Goose Lake.  During this section, the trail gains approximately 1,000 feet of elevation, bringing hikers to 12,200 feet, with beautiful views all around.  This section is very challenging, route finding is required, and trail conditions worsen.

After a short, steep descent toward Little Goose Lake, the trail ends at the junction with Ivy Creek Trail. 

The majority of this trail travels through a burn area, use caution when traveling or camping within the burn as dead trees, flash flooding, and debris flows present serious hazards.

Fishing in Goose Creek is fair to good. Wildlife is frequently seen including deer, elk and moose.

The trail is open for the following uses: Foot and horse travel only.  Due to the condition of the trail horse travel is dangerous and not recommended.


At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: No Motorized Vehicles
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the town of Creede travel west on State Hwy 149 for 7 miles. Turn left and travel south on forest road 523 for 4 miles. Turn left again on Forest Road 528 and travel south for 8 more miles to the Lime Creek Trailhead. Park here and travel down the Roaring Fork Trail for 3miles until you hit Goose Creek. The Goose Creek Trail will take off to the southwest and end near Little Goose Lake. This is open to Foot and Horse travel only within the Weminuche Wilderness.

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