The Ivy Creek trail provides the shortest, quickest routs to Goose Lake from the Rio Grande Drainage. From Ivy Creek Campground, hikers should plan a very full day of exercise to get to Goose Lake. The one mile climb out of Ivy Creek Drainage to the Fisher Creek Divide can be a tongue dragging climb in the heat of the day.
Wildflowers with driftwood
Good camping spots are not hard to find along most of the trail. The most frequently used areas are at Goose Lake and near the upper crossing of Ivy Creek. The trail crosses Ivy Creek twice and crossing in the early spring can be dangerous in the spring due to high water. The best panoramic views from the trail are after one climbs out of the Ivy Creek Drainage. Fishing in Ivy Creek is good for pan-sized trout and Goose Lake can have good fishing too.
The trail leaves the campground without any hard climbing. It will cross Ivy Creek within one mile of the trailhead and continue on a very gradual climb through open parks adjacent to Ivy Creek for another 1 1/2 to 2 miles. It then leaves the immediate creek bottom and climbs through spruce-fir stands before coming back to Ivy Creek. At this point, the trail crosses the creek again and then meanders along the edge of an open park for about 1/2 mile. The trail then enters the timber again and begins a steep mile long climb to the divide between Fisher and Ivy Creeks. Once at the open park on the divide, the trail flattens out considerably. Shortly, the trail enters the timber again, and passes through a series of parks and scattered timber for the distance to Goose Lake. The trail is well defined for its entire length.
Directions from Creede: Drive southwest from Creede on Highway 149 for 7 miles to the intersection of Highway 149 and Forest Development Road 523 (Middle Creek Road). Follow the signs giving directions and distances to Ivy Creek Campground. The campground is approximately 10 1/2 miles from Highway 149. The trail begins to the east of the campground and is marked.
June through Mid-September
(NOTE: Crossing high creek in Early Spring can be dangerous.)