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Goose Lake Loop

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A 14.2 mile loop. Find the start of the mileage by parking in the center of town (recommended as you will need the warm up to the burly climbing at the start) pedal east to the intersection of NM 578 and FR 486. This dirt Fire Road cuts right and you will cross a wooden footbridge. The fist half is a 6.7 mile grunt up a very steep 4WD road, the first 2 miles is the steepest so don't despair. The rest is a very doable climb up to 11,500+ feet, watch out for enthusiastic ATVer's. There are several forks but the way is really intuitive and well traveled up to Goose Lake. The 4 wheelers leads the way. Once at the lake a singletrack trail, an old horse trail, cuts down the hill past the bathrooms to Goose Creek and crosses goose Creek at the 7.3 mile mark.

I'll admit I did this ride TOO early in the season. I couldn't even see the trail at this point because it was obscured by snow and deadfall and debris. I used tha Bob D"Antonio guidebook to the area and he listed the season for this ride as being form late May to October. I did it in mid June and ended up hike a biking the first mile downhill, cussing like a madman. Realize that if you do this ride early ou will be doing a public service of clearing deadfall and you will have trouble even finding the trail at the beginning of the downhill.

Once you do find the downhill prepare youyrself for some steep and often technical singletrack in deep dark high alpine forest, aspen groves and meadows filled with wildflowers. You have to cross the creek several times along the way and if you do the trail early like I did you WILL get wet. Once you find the singletrack it is impossible to lose and you hit NM578, take a left downhill into town.
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Singletrack & Fire Roads
Red River
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Review Date
March 4, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: gobike1 ,  Cross Country Rider

For some reason the Red River area has been mostly undiscovered by mtn. bikers. The town itself sits at 8,750 feet so it’s cool in the summer.

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 so hang out a bit.

You can take the singletrack Goose Creek trail (65) on the way down. It's a bit 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.

Besides the 4WD road 486, you probably won't see anyone else while you're out.

Recommended Route:
There are a couple options:
For a bit easier route: you can skip the first steep section and ride the chairlift in Red River then take the 4WD road at top of chairlift that goes to Goose Lake road. This is a nice route too.

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 get to the lake. You’ll be carrying your bike for this section and it’s not for the faint of heart (I did hear there's been some work on it since i rode it). 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.

WARNING: be prepared for high mtn. temps that can drop drastically during rain storms. Have the appropriate gear and 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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Another great trail (and probably my favorite). Drive up road (578) from Red River to the Upper Valley where the pavement dead ends about 8 miles up. Park at the end of the pavement and ride the 4WD road up to East Fork trail (56). East Fork is a beautiful trail. 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 1/2 day or more. 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, I walk my bike on this short section.

And don’t forget the South Boundary Trail from Angel Fire to Taos.

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Review Date
June 14, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ttunes22 ,  Cross Country Rider

This is a burly climb to a burly downhill. This trail deserves more attention than it seemed to get when I did it. I went itno a bike shop in Taos and told the guy about eh trail and his response was "How'd you hear about that one?". mI got the impression it wasn't that popular but maybe I'm wrong. If this trail got as much attention as South bounday it would be epic.

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