Goose Lake Trail #238
ElevationAscent: 769' 234 m
Descent: -167' -51 m
High: 7,626' 2,324 m
Low: 6,981' 2,128 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A rugged and rarely visited backcountry hike for those who are not afraid of overgrowth and dead fall.”— Christopher Bare
The singletrack starts at the end of Sheep Corral Road #282. You can typically get a high clearance vehicle back to the corrals where the Sheep Corral Trail #231 starts. However, you can continue north on the road. The road will become progressively steeper and narrower until it will be virtually un-passable by a conventional vehicle.
Eventually, the road will pass through the Snow Creek Trail #233 ("Forest Trail") trailhead and at this point, merge with and become Snow Creek Trail #233 ("Forest Trail"). Therefore, it is simply easier to start at the Corrals and hike the road to the trailhead or start at the Sheep Corral Trail #231 singletrack and connect it to Snow Creek Trail #233 ("Forest Trail") if you want to avoid doubletrack hiking.
On the way up, you'll pass the Dorsey Canyon trailhead. Do not take this trail and continue up the now narrow and rocky road until it passes through an old fence. Just prior to the fence, you'll see singletrack to your left (west). Take the singletrack and follow it through the fence. At this point, you are on the trail. From here, it is an out-and-back hike that basically follows a ridge line.
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Land Manager: USFS - Gila National Forest Office
Mar 25, 2020: Gila National Forest Reminds Visitors to Leave No Trace
Mar 23, 2020: Gila National Forest closing Developed Recreation Sites