The popular Goose Creek Trail provides access into the southeast portion of the Lost Creek Wilderness. The trail winds north and eventually ends in Wigwam Park at a junction with the Wigwam Trail. The Goose Creek Trail offers primitive camping, fishing in Goose Creek, and spectacular views of formations of red Pikes Peak granite. A popular day hike is up the lower Goose Creek Trail to a side trail leading to several historic buildings and the remains of a shaft house. These old buildings and machinery date back to the late 1800's/early 1900's when a company attempted without success to create a reservoir by sealing the underground channel of the Lost Creek. Above the shafthouse, the creek is Lost Creek, but it emerges from underground just south of the shafthouse as Goose Creek. The McCurdy Park Trail intersects the Goose Creek Trail where it begins to climb north out of the Lost Creek drainage. A popular loop hike is to hike the Goose Creek Trail up to the McCurdy Park Trail and follow the McCurdy Park trail to its intersection with the Brookside Trail. Then hike south a short distance to the Lake Park Trail. Follow the Lake Park Trail to Hankins Pass, and then hike east on the Hankins Pass Trail to the Goose Creek Trailhead. There are horse corrals near the trailhead that are available for public use. The lower part of the valley is rather tight and good, legal campsites (at least 100' from water and trail) are scarce, so plan to begin hiking from the trailhead early enough to find a good campsite. This area sees heavy use, so do all you can to keep your impact to a minimum. Because the trail is entirely in designated wilderness, Wilderness regulations apply.
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