Goulding Creek Trail

San Juan National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,511ft
Trailhead Elevation7,920ft
Elevation Min/Max7920/10076ft
Elevation Start/End7920/7920ft

Goulding Creek Trail

Goulding Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in La Plata County, Colorado. It is within San Juan National Forest. It is three miles long and begins at 7,920 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,511 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Pinkerton-Flagstaff.

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100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Short and steep, the Goulding Creek Trail reveals some splendid timbered areas, a string of beautiful meadows, and a dose of old-fashioned cowboy memorabilia. To reach the Goulding Creek trailhead, drive about 16 miles north of Durango along US Highway 550. About a mile past the Tamarron Resort, turn left at a small sign for the trail. The trailhead itself is located less than 0.25 mile down this dirt road. The last meadow holds an occasional view of the highway and Tamarron a small cabin that is still used by ranchers who Resort below, and of imposing Missionary Ridge, run cattle in the area. Although not open to the which rises along the eastern horizon. You might general public, the small structure does make for also hear the whistle of the Durango and Silver- an idyllic scene."

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Resting in the shade by cabin with the beautiful scenery around it made the strenous hike well worth it. Flowers were in full bloom and the creek that runs through the meadows above the gate was running water, even in August.
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Nice hike, 32 switchbacks to the top! The cabin is dedicated to a Bill Clarke but I couldn't find any info on him. The top portion still has patches of snow on 1st May but is doable without snow shoes. Flagstaff though still had deep snow if you want to go further.
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The Goulding Creek trail was an awesome hike that has a quck ascent that kept the heart rate up the entire time, we went in late september and the leaves were starting to change, we had beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Great hike overall

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