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.
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!
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!
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.
You might have noticed the recent warm weather has brought about a flurry of construction activity along US Hwy 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. This is all part of another 3/4 mile stretch of the Peaks to Plains Trail and the development of the Big Easy Recreation Area which will include parking for over 50 cars, a permanent restroom, multiple river access points, picnic areas and a new bridge across the creek. To accommodate the new parking lot, and allow for safer creek-side access, US Hwy 6 needs to be moved to the north. With a planned opening date of early September, the crews are working diligently to physically move the highway to the north of its current location near mile marker 262.5.
Please be patient with on-going lane closures and delays as a result of this work (they will continue off an on for the next month or so). Rest assured the new amenities and recreation area will be worth the wait and loved by visitors for years to come.
Lots of action at the Big Easy helping us meet our goal of opening early fall…
It was cold, snowy and icy in Clear Creek Canyon this morning, but that doesn’t mean construction stops.
Congratulations to Muller Engineering Company for taking home two awards today at the 2017 American Council of Engineering Companies Colorado Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony! Their construction work on the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon was awarded the Honor Award for Outstanding Engineering Design and an Outstanding Graphics award. We are honored to have such a fantastic partner for this project.
The crew got creative today for the delivery of a drum roller at a hard-to-reach location in the future JC-3 trail section.
SUMMER 2016 CREEK USERS MAY EXPECT:
The temporary crossings at West Cannonball Flats (US 6 MP 260.97), East Cannonball
Flats (US 6 MP 261.23) and Unnamed (US 6 MP 261.56) will be permanently removed this spring, while the temporary crossing at Mayhem Gulch (US 6 MP 262.15) will remain in place. A new temporary crossing has been installed at (US 6 MP 262.67), and will remain in place throughout the season. The creek will be open to Cannonball Flats (US 6 MP 261.23), but will be closed between Cannonball Flats to (US 6 MP 262.27). The river will be open below Vasquez Bridge.
Peaks to Plains Trail Opening Dates
Jefferson and Clear Creek counties are excited to announce the opening of the first
segment of Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon to the public in July 2016.
The segment of the trail that will be open to the public is located at the west portal of
tunnel 5, near the intersection of US 6 and State Highway (SH) 119. Access on the west
end will be from the newly built parking lot at Oxbow Parcel, east to the parking lot
at Mayhem Gulch.
In January 2014, construction began on the Clear Creek Canyon Segment of the Peaks
to Plains Trail Project. This project will create a four-mile paved, multipurpose trail
along US Highway 6, connects 2/3 mile east of Mayhem Gulch Trailhead in Jefferson
County to the west portal of Tunnel No. 5 in Clear Creek County. When complete, the
Peaks to Plains Trail will provide new and expanded recreational opportunities for the
cycling, hiking, angling, kayaking, climbing and prospecting communities, as well as
other outdoor enthusiasts. This segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail will include:
• A 4-mile, 10-foot wide concrete trail
• Four bridges crossing Clear Creek
• Five improved water access points
• A 12-parking space trailhead with restroom at the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek County and two 40–50 space parking lots in Jefferson County
If you have any questions, please contact the Public Information Team, P2PTrail@PublicInfoTeam.com, Phone: 303.569.9972