Goose Lake Road/Trail - Trail, Red River, Mexico

Goose Lake Road/Trail - Trail, Red River, Mexico


Goose Lake road is a 4WD road (#486) and is steep the first 2 miles (I walk my bike most of this section). Eight miles up you reach Goose Lake. It's definitely a cardio workout to get there but well worth it. Very pretty lake at the top to hang out for a bit.

You can make a loop by taking the singletrack Goose Creek trail (65) on the way down. It's a little tricky finding it from the lake but once you do it’s a fun ride down but so is the 4WD road you just came up. This is a bit steeper than the 4WD road.

Here are a couple options:
For a bit easier route: you can skip the first steep section and ride the chairlift in Red River then when you get off look at your map to connect into the 4WD road (486) that goes to Goose Lake. This is a nice route too and still has plenty of uphill climb.

For a more adventuresome route: Cut off of 486 and get on 171 to Bunker Hill mine (neat mine structure/building built in early 1900's I think). Follow this on up to trail 64 to the top of Gold Hill (12,711 feet). Spectacular views from up here. Continue on until you’ll be high above Goose Lake then there is a very steep trail going down to the lake. You’ll be carrying your bike for this section and it’s not for the faint of heart. Once down at the lake, you can go down the 4WD road (486) or the Goose Creek singletrack (65). Getting up to Gold Hill is strenuous with some hiking sections due to steepness.

Be prepared for mtn. temps that can drop drastically during rain storms. Have the appropriate gear and a map. It can be easy to get lost if you don’t follow a map. And if you do these trails before late June you may be crossing snow sections and a lot of deadfall.


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[Apr 18, 2011]

Similar Products Used: East Fork Trail: Another great trail: drive up road (578) from Red River to the Upper Valley. The pavement dead ends about 8 miles up. Park where the road pavement ends and ride the 4WD road up to East Fork trail (56). East Fork is a beautiful trail. You can go all the way to Lost Lake (also a nice lake) and ride down the Lost Lake Trail (91). This is a blast downhill. You’ll end up making a loop back to your vehicle. Overall, you’ll ride about 11 miles but be prepared for a good ½ day and spend some time at the lake. One caveat, there is a section of about a mile that is in Wilderness Area (bikes are banned). I might be wrong but I think the ruling says you can’t use mechanical transport. So, walk your bike on this section.
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