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    Peaks to Plains Trail: Some pre-construction activity on the Clear Creek Segment of the trail will necessitate turn-lane closures and single-lane travel in the area of Highway 6 and 119 intersection. Please be alert to crews and flagging.
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    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 (GOCO), 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.

    Parking and Access

    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, View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. 1201 10th St., Golden. View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.

    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.

    Last Updated: 9-9-2014