Clear Creek Trail

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  • The City of Golden offers an extensive and interconnected trail system of 24 miles, providing diversity in both types of trail experience and destinations. Regional Trail connections provide a link to neighboring communities and open space.

    Download the Golden Parks, Trails and Open Space Map (pdf) for a full map of all the parks and trails within and surrounding Golden, or access the Golden Trailhead Google Map.

    Clear Creek Trail

    Golden’s most popular group of trails, the Clear Creek Trails connect nearby neighborhoods to schools, the Golden Community Center and the downtown area. The trail travels to the eastern city limits where it continues to Wheat Ridge and eventually connects with other trails in the Denver Metro area. Download the Regional Clear Creek Trail Map (pdf).

    Directions

    Access the Clear Creek Trail via Vanover Park at Water and Ford Streets, the Visitor Center at Washington and 10th Streets, the Library at 10th and Illinois Streets, Lions Park at 10th and Maple Streets and from 6th Avenue Trail.

    Parking

    Parking lot at Vanover Park, the Golden Visitor Center and Golden Library and Golden Community Center.  

    Difficulty

    This trail is easy, multiuse, and paved.

    Wildlife

    The Front Range of Colorado touches three distinct ecosystems – grassland prairie, pinyon-ponderosa woodlands and montane – that support a rich variety of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Rabbit, hare, prairie dog, fox, coyote, badger, bobcat, mule deer, elk, black bear and mountain lion all call the Front Range their home.

    Use of Trail

    Bike Access: Yes

    Dogs should be leashed at all times and waste picked up.
    Be respectful of residential neighborhoods and mind noise levels, especially after dark.
    Clean up any trash and recyclables and place in designated bins.
    Do not harass wildlife.
    Keep out of native and sensitive areas, stick to designated trails.
    Alcoholic beverages are prohibited per city ordinance.

    Maintenance

    This trail is maintained by the City of Golden. We appreciate resident and visitor communication and feedback to ensure the Golden parks system remains safe and clean. Report maintenance concerns or damages to Paul Burkholder.