Presenting the Peaks to Plains Trail

What goes into a trail? Before the work of moving dirt and preparing a surface for trail users can begin, it takes years of planning. It takes cooperation. And of course it takes money. 

We expect that Clear Creek Canyon visitors will be able to enjoy a new creekside trail by summer 2015. Without a $4.6 million grant awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado as part of the River Corridor Initiative, there would have been no trail, at least anytime soon.

Clear Creek County Open Space and Jeffco Open Space partnered on a successful grant application, capped by a presentation to the GOCO Advisory Committee in April 2012. Watch the presentation, including a Google Earth tour of the canyon and initial proposed trail alignment, in this YouTube video.

A feature article in the February 2014 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine describes how the video elements of the presentation came together.

It’s all part of the tale of this trail that’s unfolding on this blog and on the ground.

– Will Lebzelter, Jeffco Open Space Communications

And We’re Off!

The Clear Creek Canyon Segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail is abuzz with pre-construction activity. A Concrete Express, Inc. crew has begun clearing a path for the trail and installed erosion control elements, highway signs and two temporary pedestrian construction-access bridges that allow authorized personnel to get to the opposite side of Clear Creek.

Survey crew crosses the temporary bridge at Cannonball Flats.

The contractor’s office trailer has been installed just east of the Mayhem Gulch parking lot, and we anticipate little to no impact to park visitor parking. With the canyon traffic and potential construction activity, always be cautious when entering or leaving the Mayhem Gulch Trailhead parking lot.

Clearing work has begun just east of the County Line, where Highways 119 and 6 split.

Trail construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks. The 6-mile trail is scheduled to be completed by June 2015.

We invite you to follow the progress of this segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail through this blog. For general information, check out www.p2ptrail.com.

– Scot Grossman, Project Manager, Jeffco Open Space