After more than two years of challenging construction in Clear Creek Canyon, Jefferson County and Clear Creek County announce that a 3-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail will open to the public on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at noon. The two organizations partnered to build a 4-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail along Clear Creek and U.S. Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. The final mile is currently under construction and will open in 2017. The project is aided by a $4.6 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, awarded in 2012.
Are you planning to hit the Peaks to Plains Trail on opening day tomorrow, July 28? Please be aware that parking will be limited at the Mayhem Gulch trailhead. An overflow lot will be open right next to the main lot. This lot will be worked on expanded later in the year and will eventually provide more parking for the increased use at this trailhead. Reminder: bikes are NOT allowed on US 6, so you cannot park along the road and ride your bike to the trailhead.
Check out video from the sneak peek day we had on the trail with contributors and supporters. We are very excited and proud to open this segment, along with our partners Clear Creek County Open Space and Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO
Clear Creek Canyon Park, Gateway Segment is now open!
We are happy to announce the completion and opening of the newest section of Peaks to Plains Trail after a grand opening “cable cutting” ceremony yesterday, August 25. This new section represents the entry into Clear Creek Canyon Park for visitors to enjoy the scenic water-side trail following Highway 6. This additional trail segment adds 1.75 new miles to the Peak to Plains Trail and connects with downtown Golden along Clear Creek. The Gateway Segment and the Peaks to Plains Trail honor the mining history of the area, which is reflected in the materials and treatments used throughout - from the stained concrete to the finish on the bridges and railings - blending in with the environment and paying homage to the past.
The two new trailheads feature over 170 parking spaces, permanent restrooms, shade structures, ADA accessibility, and sustainable design techniques. Additionally, this new segment of trail crosses over the first suspension bridge in Jefferson County, taking visitors along the restored wooden flume of the Welch Ditch, and offering water access at various spots along the way.