Goodwin Lakes

Westcliffe, Colorado 81252

Goodwin Lakes

Goodwin Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A lesser-used trail to three small lakes. If you want solitude and a fishing hole all to yourself, these lakes are a good bet. The steep, seemingly unrelenting switchbacks weed out a lot of the more casual adventurers. From the Venable Trail sign, hike steeply west to the intersection with the Rainbow
Trail; turn right (north) and continue along the gentler trail to the Goodwin Creek Trail at 1.5 miles. Turn left (west) and hike up the trail above and to the right (north) of the creek, through aspen groves and past several small beaver ponds.

Continue hiking past open meadows then reenter the evergreen forest as the trail climbs into the upper Goodwin Creek valley. Cross a slide path filled with downed timber and cross
over to the left (south) side of the creek at 4.0 miles. Continue up the occasionally steep and winding trail to the lower Goodwin Lake. Across the outlet, a short but thin trail leads to the small lake to the north."

Goodwin Lakes Trip Reports

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Great hike, The beaver ponds were hard to spot from being in a thick forest. If you go on this trail the day after a rain be prepared to get wet from knees down do to narrow trail. Awesome lakes.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Best May to November
9,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,500 feet
Top Elevation
Rio Grande National Forest, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Horn Peak
Local Maps

Trail Log