Goose Creek Trail 612

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Distance8.9mi
Elevation Gain4,874ft
Trailhead Elevation8,210ft
Top10,152ft
Elevation Min/Max8050/10152ft
Elevation Start/End8210/8210ft

Goose Creek Trail 612

Goose Creek Trail 612 is a hiking trail in Jefferson County and Park County, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest and Lost Creek Wilderness Area. It is 8.9 miles long and begins at 8,210 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,874 feet. This trail connects with the following: Hawkins Pass Trail, Goose Creek Road, Mccurdy Trail and Wigwam Trail 609.

Goose Creek Trail 612 Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Goose Creek Trail provides access into the southeast portion of the Lost Creek Wilderness. Because the trail passes into the wilderness, your dog must be leashed.

Although the trail continues for 9.6 miles to the Wigwam Trail, this hikes ends at about 5 miles at the abandoned buildings and the remains of a shaft house. These buildings date to the early 1900s when an attempt was made to build a water reservoir by creating an underground dam on Lost Creek."

"Driving to the Goose Creek Trailhead is a depressing experience. On June 8, 2002 it was reported that a fire was burning in Tappan Gulch, 9 miles south of Goose Creek. Fire crews were sent in to stop the blaze, but it would be six weeks before the conflagration was controlled. By the time it was extinguished the inferno had destroyed 133 homes and 137,760 acres of timber, including much of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. The Hayman Fire, as it has since been named, was the largest fire in Colorado’s history.

For fifteen miles, before reaching the trailhead, you will be driving through the Hayman burn area and probably wondering how there could possibly be a scenic hiking trail in the midst of such devastation. The burn extends all the way to the trailhead and beyond. But don’t give up. You will be relieved to learn that nearly all of the forest surrounding this part of Goose Creek escaped destruction. Now, as before, the Goose Creek Trail remains one of Colorado’s premier hiking trails."

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10/18/2017
A friend and I were looking for an easy day hike, from Colorado Springs. This for the bill perfectly. The trail was easy to follow (a welcome feature after our previous day's hike), gently rolling and beautiful. The mountain faces, exposed in the aftermath of the fire, was stunning; simultaneously familiar and different. We lunched on a large boulder overlooking a massive panorama. It's an easy hike, suitable for children and people of more modest fitness levels.
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9/7/2010
The trail and surrounding land is absolutely gorgeous. I am writing this review because my husband and I got all of our gear stolen on this trail ($2,000+). We were helping out with a rescue, left our frame packs off of the trail a bit, and came back to find everything gone. I am writing this to warn everyone to watch your stuff. The trail and scenery is beyond gorgeous.
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8/24/2009
Awesome scenery on this moderate dayhike. Did 8 miles RT from Goose Creek TH to shafthouse headworks and back. NE of shafthouse I found a cool route between and under boulders to elevated views of hidden Lost Creek. Other highlights include total solitude, streamside hiking in places, building size boulders, a granite arch, abandoned buildings and more. It has both grand scenic views and intimate hidden places - I've added this to my top 10.
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7/23/2009
The trail is terrific for first timers... Lots of fantastic scenery without too much vertical or distance. We had some Virginians with us that had no problems. There are several existing campsites along the first mile or so of the trail. They get much smaller and more sparse the further you go. We used a large area on the west side of the creek at about 1 1/4 miles, accessible via a couple of log bridges. We learned the hard way that there isn't a creek at the Shafthouse unless you want to scramble a very long way down. Should've looked more closely at our map. Water is abundant along the trail until you pass the old "Employee" cabins. We had to save Harmonica Arch and Organ Pipe rock for our next visit. Recommend doing this hike on a weekday or off-season if you want to have any solitude.
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7/17/2009
My family and I backpacked up to the Shafthouse and tented in along the creek. The wild flowers were amazing and the traffic was minimal once you got in about 2+ miles. We found the Lost Valley by going just past the Shaft house and climbing down a tree ladder. Fantastic Views of a valley with a lake and enormous rock boulders. A great place to spend a few nights, playing in creek, fishing and exploring around the ruins. No bugs except for some flies. After 2 days I had only one mosquito bite.
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5/12/2008
Beautiful Trail, the Hayman burn area is stark and apocalyptic. The views in the valley of those massive piles of rock towering overhead are truly impressive. Beware the upper parts of McCurdy Park trail that connects after the end of the Goose Creek Trail during May, snow is a real problem on the North slopes.
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Trail Information

Pike National Forest
Nearby City
Pike National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Lost Creek Wilderness Area, Pike National Forest
Local Contacts
McCurdy Mountain (USGS)
Local Maps

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