"Driving to the Goose Creek Trailhead is a depressing experience. On June 8, 2002 it was reported that a fire was burning in Tappan Gulch, 9 miles south of Goose Creek. Fire crews were sent in to stop the blaze, but it would be six weeks before the conflagration was controlled. By the time it was extinguished the inferno had destroyed 133 homes and 137,760 acres of timber, including much of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. The Hayman Fire, as it has since been named, was the largest fire in Colorado’s history.
For fifteen miles, before reaching the trailhead, you will be driving through the Hayman burn area and probably wondering how there could possibly be a scenic hiking trail in the midst of such devastation. The burn extends all the way to the trailhead and beyond. But don’t give up. You will be relieved to learn that nearly all of the forest surrounding this part of Goose Creek escaped destruction. Now, as before, the Goose Creek Trail remains one of Colorado’s premier hiking trails."