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.

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.

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:

 

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.

Move Over, Highway 6

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.

Rock face being chipped away

A large rock face needs to be removed to make room for the new highway alignment.

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The removed rock will be crushed and re-purposed as the road base for new pavement.

Installing nails into bank

The steep slopes above the future highway need to be stabilized using long soil nails, steel mesh, shotcrete, and stone veneer.  Here you can see the drilling equipment installing soil nails.

Stone wall finish

With the wire mesh and shotcrete in place, the future stone veneer allows the wall to blend in with the surrounding area.

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The future highway alignment is beginning to take shape.

Cell tower

The existing cell tower, fiber optic lines and electrical line all need to be moved as well.

Fiberoptic lines being buried

The new lines are encased in concrete for protection.

Buried lines

Before being completely buried, red caution tape is added as a final layer of safety.

 

Taking Advantage of Warm Weather

Lots of action at the Big Easy helping us meet our goal of opening early fall…

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Dueling breaker bars slowly cut away bedrock to make room for the new highway alignment

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Slow going, but you can see the progress

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The future highway alignment can be seen in the distance

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Pouring the caisson cap for the new bridge

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The dry concrete in this photo is the top of the caisson, drilled over 40 feet deep!

Repairs in Clear Creek County Complete

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Repairs to the segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek County are complete. The entire 3-mile stretch of trail is now open through both Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties!

Clear Creek County section open map

Welch Ditch Preservation and Transformation

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The Welch Ditch is located just west of downtown Golden in Clear Creek Canyon. An historic landmark in Jefferson County, the irrigation system was constructed in the 1870’s and primary access has been closed since 2013 due to structural damage and rock falls. Jeffco Open Space is currently undergoing the process to convert the Welch Ditch into a trail that will connect the Peaks to Plains Trail with the Chimney Gulch Trail. Planning and design will begin in 2017.

Governor Hickenlooper Visits the Peaks to Plains Trail Project

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Governor Hickenlooper, members of his cabinet and both County’s Commissioners toured the 3-mile Clear Creek Canyon segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail project in September, 2016. This trail has been designated as one of the Governor’s 16 Priority Trail Projects in 2016 as part of the Colorado the Beautiful Initiative and we were proud to show it off to such a prestigious group.