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Galloping Goose Trail

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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  • Lizard Head Pass Trailhead.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Beginning of the Galloping Goose Trail.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Galloping Goose Trail.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • The San Juan Mountains are spectacular from the trail.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Beautiful mountain scenery from the trail.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Trout Lake.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Trout Lake.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Galloping Goose Trail.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • View from the Galloping Goose Trail.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Trout Lake.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Galloping Goose Trail.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Historic railroad trestle.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • Galloping Goose Trail.- Galloping Goose Trail
  • San Juan Mountains meadow.- Galloping Goose Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Varied and interesting terrain. Beautiful scenery.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Juan Mountains, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
10,160.00 ft (3,096.77 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
April 01 to October 31
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
11.20 mi (18.02 km)
Total elevation gain: 
680.00 ft (207.26 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
10,160.00 ft (3,096.77 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Galloping Goose Trail is named for the special rail cars (called “motors,” essentially trucks that ran on rails carrying passengers and freight) that ran from the 1930s to the 1950s on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad lines in the San Juan Mountains. This is a 17.6-mile trail from Lizard Head Pass to near Telluride for hikers, mountain bikes and horses. Some segments are singletrack and some are railroad grade gravel trails. This adventures covers the southern segment between Lizard Head Pass and Matterhorn Campground.

The Lizard Head Pass parking area is set in a spectacular location with several good hiking trails and dispersed camping sites. From the marked trailhead, the trail heads downhill through some amazing mountain scenery, passing an old railroad bridge and hugging Trout Lake. There is fishing and boating in this lake and a small marina. Beyond the lake the trail passes Priest Lake Campground (tents only) and eventually reaches the Matterhorn Campground. At this point the next segment is singletrack to the Ames Trailhead.

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