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Clear Creek Canyon Peaks to Plains Trail Segment Construction » Welch Ditch Public Safety Closures Info and Map
Clear Creek Canyon Park is unto its own in the Open Space system, fit for nature lovers and railroad history buffs, who appreciate vestiges of a 140-year-old narrow-gauge bed used by the Colorado Central Railroad.The park features steep canyon walls ever changing with the light of day, clear, cold water harboring trout and flecks of gold, and habitat for raptors and bighorn sheep.Use caution when accessing the creek and engaging in high-risk activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and rafting. Anglers must carry a valid Colorado fishing license with habitat stamp. Gold prospectors must adhere to Open Space Regulations.
With grant funding from Great Outdoors Colorado, Jefferson County Open Space and Clear Creek County Open Space will begin construction in 2013 on a 4- to 6-mile creek side trail straddling the county line. The trail will be completed by 2016 and provide greater and safer access to the canyon.
East: The gateway to the first segment of the Clear Creek Trail, which runs through Grant Terry Park, is approximately a three-quarter mile trek from Clear Creek White Water Park, 1201 10th St., Golden.
West: A designated parking lot at Mayhem Gulch is used predominately as a trailhead for adjoining Centennial Cone Park. There is no creek side trail here yet, although visitors can access the creek through a tunnel under Clear Creek Canyon Road (US 6). The trailhead is between mile marker 262.5 and 262, approximately 10 miles from the intersection of US 6 and State Highway 93, on the north side of the road.
Jefferson County Open Space and our partner, Clear Creek County, will be constructing a segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail in close proximity to Clear Creek and US Highway 6 in a portion of Clear Creek Canyon beginning in 2013. The Peaks to Plains Trail will be a 65-mile off-highway opportunity to travel from the Continental Divide at the Eisenhower Tunnel to the confluence of the South Platte River in Adams County. Construction of this particular segment will conclude in June 2015. Both counties have entered into a design build contract with CEI (Concrete Express, Inc.), who hosted two kickoff meetings in August.
As we continue to work with the contractor to fully develop the design, we feel it is important to keep you notified of the opportunities and constraints of the project. We also want to provide ways for you express your concerns, offer solutions and minimize impacts to your recreation access. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Project Team at 303.569.9972 or P2PTrail@PublicInfoTeam.com.
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