Goldwater Lakes Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,273' 388 m
Descent: -1,273' -388 m
High: 6,134' 1,870 m
Low: 5,553' 1,693 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“An amazing climb through pines and past lakes to top out at Senator Highway before speeding back down.”— Bert Jones
Family Friendly Easy to navigate and there are great payoffs nearby with the lakes. You could bike or hike up to the lakes and make a day of it. Younger kids may prefer shuttling to the top instead of climbing.
- This out-and-back can also be ridden as a fun little shuttle.
- Avoid muddy areas on the trail as they rut easily.
Turn right to follow a winding climb over rolling terrain. Fortunately, most of the trail stays well in the trees providing ample shade. At the top of the next climb is another delightful descent that bottoms out just below Lower Goldwater Lake. The surrounding scenery is amazing!
From there, begin the final ascent on more enjoyable singletrack with several banked turns and seasonal streams. Eventually, it intersects with the Feldmeier Trail #330. Turn left and follow the gently rolling terrain to the S. Senator Highway Parking Area.
Take a moment to eat a snack and cool down before you turn back the way you came. There are some fantastic downhills on the way back down. There are also a few very steep, but not too long climbs (remember the fun little downhill from before?). There's just one more climb up the Twist & Shout Trail #372 and then it's smooth sailing back to the parking area on the Apple Blossom Trail #373.
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