Goose Lake is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 3.570m (11,712ft) above the sea level, located in Taos County, in Northern New Mexico, in the southwestern United States. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of New Mexico.
The road to the lake, located within the Carson National Forest, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s called Forest Road 486 (Goose Lake Road). The road is usually impassable in winters. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. It’s not a road for you if you are nervous of other people driving in tricky situations - steep/rough roads.
4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. Camper trailers are not allowed due to narrow one-way road sections and steep drop offs. Full size pickups will have trouble due to narrow passages. Be sure to keep an eye out for remnants of mining activity and abandoned cabins along the trail.
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