This wide-open grassland offers roaming, but route-finding is necessary to enjoy your time on trail here.
From the trailhead, walk west. Eventually, a worn foot path emerges, ascending the plateau ramparts sometimes steeply. In short order, reach the top of the mesa. An expansive grassland interspersed with bluffs beckons exploration.
The trail tread soon disappears into the blue- and cheatgrass but as long as one has long pants or ankle gaiters, fear not. Make mental notes of the basalt bluffs while heading across the wide grassland in a southwesterly direction, intersecting two of the bluffs.
Upon crossing the plateau, the route enters a narrow canyon area. Hike a half mile before reaching a broad open junction with gullies heading off in four directions.
If Upper Goose lake is your destination, follow the old jeep road heading north (right); at 2.5 miles from the trailhead you will reach the lake. Alternately, go south at the junction and veer west (right) on another old jeep track. In one mile, you will reach Lower Goose Lake.