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Gooseneck start

Posted: February 7th, 2024, 5:02 pm
by drm
It took forever, but we finally warmed up in the Gorge. Was solid and mostly sunny 50s today (2/7/24) and more sunny the farther east so I decided it was finally time to go to Cottonwood State Park and give this Gooseneck Loop a look.

Today I just did the uphill and went as far as the first fenceline, just before the deep ravine. A small percentage of the loop mileage but almost all of the EG. Then I retreated back to the crenelated ridge just below peak 1443 for a fantastic lunch view spot. There is no snow at all. I will return for the full/short loop in the spring when wildflowers are out. I saw deer and raptors, but no bighorns.
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the gate near Sage Point where the trail starts
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the uphill part. I basically went as far as the right edge of the ridge in the shot
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looking down at the day use area
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the rest of the ridge, for next time
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the trail is harder to follow here
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but better farther up
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from my wonderful lunch spot, campground at the bottom
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the way back down

Re: Gooseneck start

Posted: February 8th, 2024, 8:53 am
by Jett Powered
Thanks for the report and lovely photos! I did that exact same section of the Gooseneck last spring and ate lunch at roughly the same spot. :D

After walking along the fence line for awhile the trail fades away. With barbed wire on the left and a very steep hillside on the right the way forward is obvious. Yet keeping my footing while trying to walk down the slippery grass of the ravine quickly became too sketchy so I turned around. Looks like others have been more brave than me so I guess I'll have to try it again.

Re: Gooseneck start

Posted: February 8th, 2024, 10:14 am
by drm
It looked like the barbed wire ended just before the ravine and you could detour some to the left where the ravine is smaller to avoid the steepest terrain.