The Goose Creek Trail immediately makes a shallow crossing of Roaring Fork Creek and then drops sharply through thick aspen stands to the Goose Creek Bottom. The trail crosses the mouth of Fisher Creek and proceeds up the scattered finger-like parks and patches of timber common to the Goose Creek bottom.
The trail grade is gradual for most of the 11 miles that it parallels Goose Creek. The trail begins to make a fairly steep 1 mile climb out of the upper treeless slopes of Goose Creek to the divide between Goose Creek and Little Goose Lake. After a short, steep descent toward Little Goose Lake, the trail ends at the junction with the Fisher creek Trail (Forest Trail 826). For its entire length, the trail is easy to follow, with a well-defined tread but the four river crossings can be difficult to negotiate in the spring.
Users of Goose Creek Drainage should be aware that public access to Lake Humphrey and Lower Goose Creek Area is prohibited by private landowners. Good camping areas abound along the Goose Creek Trail. Opportunities to see elk are very good in the upper reaches of the drainage.
Directions from Creede: Take Highway 149 southwest from Creede for 7 miles to the intersection of Highway 149 and Forest Development Road 523, which is Middle Creek Road. Follow the road signs giving directions and distances to the North Lime Creek Trailhead. The trailhead is approximately 12.5 miles from the Highway 149 turnoff. From the trailhead, proceed easterly on the Roaring Fork Trail (Forest Trail 807) for approximately 2 1/2 miles. Where Goose Creek Trail (Forest Trail 827) junctions with Roaring Fork Trail is signed.
Late June through Late September
(NOTE: River crossings can be difficult to negotiate in the Spring.)