Notice: Trail Closures 9/18 & 9/19

With the cooperation of fall weather, both Jeffco Open Space and Clear Creek County will be closing sections of the trail on Monday and Tuesday, 9/18 and 9/19 of 2017.

Access to Peaks to Plains Trail from Mayhem Gulch trailhead will be blocked down from the restrooms and through the underpass for staining and maintenance. In addition, Clear Creek County will be closing their section of the trail from the county line to the west side of the box culvert.

Parking is available at Cannonball Flats and the Oxbow lots. However, if parking at the Oxbow, be advised only about ¾ of a mile of trail will be accessible at this time.

Please plan accordingly and thanks for your patience.

Big Easy Trailhead Opening September 29!

Big Easy CeremonyJoin us for the opening ceremony of the new Peaks to Plains 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.

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’.

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.

Clear Creek County Section of Trail Closed for Repairs August 7-18, 2017

Peaks to Plains Trail section in Clear Creek County will be closed this week for repairs. Crews will be starting near intersection of 119 & US Hwy 6 to approximately 1/4 mile west. The trail will remain open from the Mayhem Gulch Trailhead west 2 miles to the county line at the intersection of Hwy 119 & US 6. The Oxbow Trailhead on the west side of Tunnel 5, and east approximately 2/3 of a mile around tunnel 5 is still accessible, but the Clear Creek County segment of the trail along the highway will be closed.

Summertime, When the Construction is Big Easy

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Crews are making solid progress at the Big Easy Recreation Area and Trailhead in anticipation of an early fall grand opening.

Bathroom construction at Big Easy

Jeffco Open Space construction crews building the new bathroom structure.

Bathroom construction at Big Easy

The walls are up and the vaulted ceiling is being framed for the permanent restroom.

Paving near Big Easy

Paving the new 50 car parking lot near US Hwy 6 near mile marker 262.5.

The Hard Work Behind the Big Easy

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Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the recent US Hwy 6 closure that brought us one step closer to the grand opening of the Big Easy Trailhead in Clear Creek Canyon Park.

Peaks to Plains Trail Gains State and National Recognition

Jeffco Open Space, along with our contractor Muller Engineering Co Inc, were humbled to receive an Honor Award for the Peaks to Plains Trail, from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The national awards ceremony took place on April 25, 2017 in Washington D.C. and was hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon.ACEC Honor Award for excellence in engineering JCOS and Muller Engineering accept ACEC award

Also this April, Jeffco Open Space was thrilled to be one of eight recipients of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) 2017 Metro Vision Awards for The Peaks to Plains Trail. The award is for the three-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail that was opened last year, and DRCOG focused on the community partnerships involved and the future connections the trail will make in the state. Watch the award ceremony video:

 

Closure Alert: Cannonball Flats Parking Lot Closed April 27-29, 2017

Cannonball Flats parking lot in Clear Creek Canyon Park will be getting a face lift Thursday, 4/27 through Saturday, 4/29. Weather dependent, the entire parking lot will be closed for crews and operations. Please use Mayhem Gulch or Oxbow Parking lots to access Peaks to Plains Trail. Thanks for your patience!

Cannonball Parking Lot Closure April 2017

US HWY 6 Closure Alert: May 3-4, 2017

Please be aware that US Hwy 6 will be closed between Junctions 58–119 on May 3, 8 p.m. – May 4, 6 p.m. 

Crews will be re-aligning and paving a section of US Hwy 6 near mile marker 262.5 to accommodate a new 50 car parking lot for The Big Easy trailhead access. In addition, the delivery and installation of the fourth Peaks to Plains bridge will be happening simultaneously in the same area. Revisit the first bridge installation.

The development of the Big Easy Recreation Area will include a permanent restroom, among other new amenities like picnic areas and a creek-side boardwalk.

Thanks for the patience!

 

Highway 6 closure May 2017

Closure Alert, Wall Repairs

Closure alert on Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon Park for Monday April 24 and potentially into Tuesday. Due to rising water levels, trail and wall repairs are being made in the Clear Creek County section starting near intersection of 119 & US Hwy 6 to approximately 1/4 mile west.

Please plan accordingly and be mindful of crews as they work.

Bathroom Break

The development of the Big Easy Recreation Area will include a permanent restroom, among other new amenities like picnic areas, and a creek-side boardwalk. A permanent restroom has long been needed here and will be a great amenity when the area opens later this year.

Future location of the new permanent restroom

The new restroom site is starting to take shape. Construction of the new building will start in the coming weeks.

Big Easy BR Inspection

Staff recently took a visit to the fabrication yard to check out progress of the restroom’s foundation.

Big Easy BR Inspection

All the work is inspected and approved before concrete is poured.