Due to high spring runoff from Clear Creek, repairs are needed in a section of trail managed by Clear Creek County. Estimated to take approximately 6 weeks, this closure is located near the intersection of Hwy 119 & US 6. Work will commence on October 31, 2016.
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 until approximately December 16, 2016. Please refer to the below map for specific route information:
On October 7, 2016 The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded a $2 million grant to Jefferson County to fund a new segment of the 65-mile vision for the Peaks to Plains (P2P) Trail at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon. The grant was part of GOCO’s first round of funding for its new Connect Initiative, with $10 million in grants awarded to close critical gaps in trail networks across the state. GOCO’s Connect Initiative will invest $30 million over the next three years in closing trail gaps and creating safe access for all Coloradans to the outdoors. More than 80% of people in Colorado recreate on trails, and closing gaps and increasing connectivity has long been a top priority for the state’s residents.
Jeffco Open Space’s proposal for the P2P Trail is one of six highly-demanded trail projects selected to move forward, with funding helping to construct more than 23 miles of trail and leveraging nearly $25 million in local matching dollars.
What does this mean for Jeffco Open Space and the P2P Trail? This grant will allow for the design and construction of an additional 1.75 miles of trail at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon, including a bridge and two trailheads with safe parking lots accessible from US Highway 6 that will accommodate an estimated 50 parking spots each. Design of this new section will begin in 2017 and connect 24 miles of hard surface trail from the City of Golden to the western end of the stunning oxbow at Tunnel #1 on US 6.
Allowing direct access into Golden’s downtown, the area is already serving as a hub for multiple recreation uses and this grant will further the thoughtful conservation and enjoyment of yet another segment of the P2P trail!
Jeffco Open Space, along with Clear Creek County Open Space, opened segments of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon on July 28, 2016. The following video shows the entire process from planning, to construction to completion and highlights the numerous partners who made this possible. Jefferson County Commissioners Donald Rosier and Casey Tighe opened the trail along with Clear Creek County Commissioner Peter Monson. Thank you to everyone involved!
On Thursday, July 28, the first phase of the Peaks to Plains trail will be open to the public. Over three miles of paved multi-purpose trail, as well as the three bridges crossing the creek in this joint project of Jefferson and Clear Creek counties, are ready for exploration. Visitors coming from the Clear Creek end will be able to follow the trail around the Oxbow, while visitors from the Jefferson County side will be able to travel west from the Mayhem Gulch trail head to the project beginning. Due to the unusually high water flows in the creek over the past two years, the trail has needed some unanticipated reinforcements and repairs, which has, unfortunately, pushed back the opening date of Phase 1 from July 14, and the grand opening of the trail as a whole until the fall. However, on Thursday, July 28,
Jefferson and Clear Creek counties are proud to open for the public the portion that is completed and safe.
For Your Safety: While some portions of the trail appear to be paved and completed, outdoor enthusiasts are reminded that ALL parts of the area are still construction zones
and that access at these points is still restricted until the trail is opened on July 28, 2016. Please do not enter or utilize the closed sections.
As part of construction of the Peaks to Plains Trail, there is a mandatory takeout at Cannonball Flats, milepost 261.23. This will be in place for the entire 2016 season. There are multiple signs in the creek to alert boaters as well as maps at the put-ins upstream. The creek is open again below the Big Easy, milepost 262.27. Please seethe notice below for full details.
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
The second bridge at Cannonball East was installed overnight on March 15, and the third bridge at Cannonball West went in overnight on March 16. The construction equipment was staged on US 6 and required the overnight highway closure. Here’s to the successful bridge installations! Thank you to everyone involved.