• Open Space

    More Peaks to Plains Trail Mileage Set to Open in Clear Creek Canyon Park, Along with New Developed Recreation Area


    The Peaks to Plains Trail, a key future state-wide connection, will gain another three quarters of a mile on Friday, September 29, 2017. This section adds more to the popular trail, which will eventually span the entirety of Clear Creek Canyon, all the way to Golden. In addition to the new trail, a developed recreation area and trailhead will open to the public in the part of the canyon known as ‘The Big Easy’.

    “We knew that many visitors really enjoyed one of the only areas of the canyon where the creek flattens out and offers accessible shoreline. The area was already being used for recreation such as wading, fishing and picnicking,” said Scot Grossman, Peaks to Plains Trail Project Manager, “We wanted to provide facilities and designated areas for this recreation, while protecting the natural resources in the canyon.”

    The Big Easy trailhead and recreation area will have a restroom, 54 parking spaces, fishing platforms over the water, picnic pavilions, a geology garden, and a boardwalk in areas where vegetation needs to be protected. A new bridge also spans the creek, leading onto the Peaks to Plains Trail, which connects to the Mayhem Gulch trailhead westward up the canyon.

    Visitors are encouraged to join the opening ceremony on September 29, starting at 3:00 p.m. at the new trailhead located at 32087 US Highway 6, Golden CO, 80403, or nine miles west from the intersection of 6th Avenue/Hwy 93/Hwy 58. The ceremony will conclude with a ‘cable-cutting’ at 3:30 p.m., using the same cable seen on the new bridges in the canyon, and harkening back to the mining era. Visitors will then be able to enter The Big Easy and the Peaks to Plains Trail.

    Food trucks and activities will be available until 6:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to carpool as parking will be limited. Parking at the Mayhem Gulch trailhead is suggested on this opening day, with access to the Big Easy trailhead via the newly connected Peaks to Plains Trail. The trail will open at Mayhem Gulch trailhead at 3:30 p.m.

    Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, our organization contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 54,000 acres, and manages 29 open space parks and more than 236 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.

    Matt Robbins
    Community Connections Manager
    303-271-5902
    mrobbins@jeffco.us

    September 5, 2017


    Last Updated: 9-5-2017