I get all excited just thinking about this.
"Clear Creek Canyon Park
CDOT Closures of Highway 6/Clear Creek Canyon Park, Weekdays May 14 - June 29
Steep canyon walls, ever changing with the light of day. Clear, cold water harboring trout and even flecks of gold. Habitat for soaring raptors and cliff-cleaving bighorn sheep.
Clear Creek Canyon Park is a park unto its own in the Open Space system, fit for nearly any nature lover and for railroad history buffs, who appreciate vestiges of a 140-year-old narrow-gauge railroad bed used by the Colorado Central Railroad.
Open Space urges caution when accessing the creek and engaging in high-risk activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and rafting. Anglers must carry a valid Colorado fishing license with habitat stamp. Gold prospectors must adhere to Open Space rules & regulations.
With grant funding from Great Outdoors Colorado, Jefferson County Open Space and Clear Creek County Open Space will embark in 2013 on construction of a 4- to 6-mile creekside trail that straddles the county line. The trail will be completed by 2016 and provide greater and safer access to the canyon. News and Project Details
Parking and Access
• East: The gateway to the first segment of the Clear Creek Trail, which runs through Grant Terry Park, is an approximately three-quarter mile trek from Clear Creek White Water Park, 1201 10th St., Golden.
• West: A designated parking lot at Mayhem Gulch is used predominately as a trailhead for adjoining Centennial Cone Park. There is no creekside trail here yet, although visitors can access the creek through a tunnel under Clear Creek Canyon Road (US 6). From Golden, the trailhead is between mile marker 262.5 and 262, approximately 10 miles from the intersection of US 6 and State Highway 93, on the north side of the road.
It is your responsibility to know and obey Open Space rules and regulations. Users assume liability for all risks associated with visiting this Open Space area. Responsible use protects this resource for all citizens of Jefferson County."
I linked to the "news" in that article and found this:
"For Immediate Release - Jun 20, 2012
Contact: Thea Rock
Manager of Public Information
Re: Great Outdoors Colorado/Colorado Lottery Grant
Sheer canyon walls, beautiful scenery and close proximity to the Denver Metro Area make Clear Creek Canyon highly popular with all kinds of recreation groups—picnickers, hikers, kayakers, anglers, prospectors, rock climbers—despite few formal access points within it. That is poised to change thanks to a powerful partnership and funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). The GOCO Board has awarded Jefferson County and its partner Clear Creek County a $4.6 million GOCO/Lottery grant for trail construction projects through the canyon that will result in increased public access and safety.
One of eight projects funded via a special River Corridors Initiative developed by GOCO to foster outdoor recreation and land preservation along Colorado’s rivers, the Peaks to Plains Trail project through Clear Creek Canyon with the goal of building 6 miles of trail in the canyon and create improved creek access locations along U.S. Highway 6 and the banks of Clear Creek.
The project intends to alleviate the obvious safety issues associated with recreationists parking along the busy highway and provide improved access to enjoy the water and scenic beauty. The trail segment will be part of a trail system that eventually stretches 65 miles from Loveland Pass to the South Platte River Trail in Adams County. The trail is slated to link existing amenities including the Mayhem Gulch Trailhead in Jefferson County and the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek County.
GOCO offered the River Corridor Initiative at the urging of citizens, local governments and many land trusts. “Great Outdoors Colorado spends a lot of time out in communities across Colorado and we heard the same themes repeatedly over the last couple of years,” said GOCO Board Member Jim Spaanstra of Lakewood. “Coloradans stressed the importance of increased recreational opportunities close to home and the potential of rivers and trails, trails, trails.”
Jefferson County Commissioner Donald Rosier responded to the successful grant award by noting, “The opportunity to work with Clear Creek County, Great Outdoors Colorado, neighboring agencies, cash or in-kind contributors and community supporters has transformed this long-standing intention into action. This segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail will enhance access to recreation in a natural setting close to home and enrich lives through recreation, conservation and education programs.”
Clear Creek County Commissioner Tim Mauck said, “All Coloradans can be proud of GOCO’s investment to achieve a multi-use recreation trail from the Continental Divide to the Denver Metro Area along Clear Creek. The Peaks to Plains trail will improve the quality of life of our residents, meet the recreation needs of our mountain visitors, and further enhance the recreation-based economic opportunities in our County and State.”
The project proposal was supported by local partners, including the Cities of Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, and APEX Park & Recreation District and Prospect Recreation & Park District. A wide range of recreation groups, including Team Evergreen Bicycle Club, the Denver West Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Access Fund and Gold Prospectors of the Rockies, also supported the project. Their support is documented in a video produced by Jefferson County and Clear Creek County on the Jefferson County YouTube channel.
GOCO is the result of a citizens’ initiative passed by the voters in 1992. As the recipient of approximately half of Colorado Lottery proceeds―$56 million in Fiscal Year 2011―GOCO awards grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Since 1994, nearly 3,500 projects in all 64 counties have received GOCO Funding―Clear Creek County projects have received $4.2 million in GOCO grants; Jefferson County projects have received more than $26.2 million in GOCO grants.
Jefferson County Open Space preserves natural and cultural resources, provides quality outdoor recreation experiences and promotes sound environmental stewardship. With funding from a ˝-cent sales tax, Jeffco has protected over 52,000 acres of land and created 28 regional parks and 210 miles of trails since 1972 when voters authorized the program."
Embedded In that 2nd article is this - "The project intends to alleviate the obvious safety issues associated with recreationists parking along the busy highway and provide improved access to enjoy the water and scenic beauty. The trail segment will be part of a trail system that eventually stretches 65 miles from Loveland Pass to the South Platte River Trail in Adams County. The trail is slated to link existing amenities including the Mayhem Gulch Trailhead in Jefferson County and the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek County."
This is so cool.
I cannot open the project details at work.
Does anyone know if this "trail" will be mostly dirt or paved?
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