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Goose Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,800 Feet (872.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,400 Feet (3865.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 12.9 Miles (21.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 827
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Spar City, South River Peak, Lake Humphreys

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General Description

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late June through Late September (NOTE: River crossings can be difficult to negotiate in the Spring.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Good sites along the trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing In the creeks
ICON Hiking & Walking Goose Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Parallels Goose Creek 11 miles; mostly gradual
ICON Viewing Wildlife Elk in the upper part of the drainage

Related Activities
Continental Divide - Sawtooth Mountain to Knife Ed - This trail segment begins with a 1/4 mile traverse of the cliffs that form the fable Knife Edge. From here to Piedra Pass, the trail goes up and down like a roller coaster in reasonably short, steep pitches.

Ivy Creek Trail - The Ivy Creek trail provides the shortest, quickest routs to Goose Lake from the Rio Grande Drainage. From Ivy Creek Campground, hikers should plan a very full day of exercise to get to Goose Lake.

Roaring Fork Trail - The Roaring Fork Trail mainly serves as an access route to Goose Creek. This trail only has a few, low quality, camping areas. Fishing in nearby Roaring Fork Creek is usually a poor experience.

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Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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