Grant Terry Trail Closure FAQs
When will the Grant Terry Trail be open again?
The Grant Terry Trail segment will reopen by July 23. It will then need to close again for a few days the first week of August for concrete staining. The Peaks to Plains Trail that is currently under construction by Jefferson County Open Space will open to the public on August 25.
What is happening with the Grant Terry Trail?
The portion of the GTT that connects the Clear Creek Trail and the US6 Regional Trail to the Peaks to Plains (P2P) trail is being improved. A 10’ trail and 5’ soft surface path will be constructed to connect the Clear Creek Trail and US 6 Regional Trail to the P2P trail. The trail width will remain the same and no additional disturbance to the area will occur during construction or afterward. A portion of the existing trail will remain natural surface for runners and those with orthopedic issues or who prefer that type of surface. The natural surface trail width will vary, and the concrete trail will be 10 feet wide. The new concrete trail will also be stained for a more natural appearance and to match the P2P Trail.
Why does the trail need to change?
The expected use of the trail will change it drastically and if left in its current state, will be an issue to maintain with the large increase in traffic and uses and ability to provide accommodation. With the construction of the P2P gateway section, the Grant Terry Trail is no longer a dead-end trail connecting to a handful of recreational trails on Lookout Mountain. It is now connecting the Clear Creek Trail and US 6 Regional Trail to the Peaks to Plains trail.
What are the benefits of a concrete path?
With this new connection and consultation with our ADA consultants, there are new standards for the section of the trail between US 6 and the Jefferson County pedestrian bridge. Once this happens, we either need to upgrade the section to meet the standards or add that trail to our ADA Transition Plan and commit to the upgrades in the future. The concrete surface will endure the increased use that will occur as more segments of the P2P Trail are completed. This durable, year-round surface will help address seasonal flooding and muddy conditions, as well as help stabilize the City of Golden main water line below the trail surface.
Will the entire trail be paved?
No. Only the section between the US 6 Bridge and the Jeffco pedestrian bridge will be improved. The section between the pedestrian bridge and the Church Ditch headgate will remain soft surface as will the Church Ditch Trail.
What are the advantages of doing it now?
JCOS has enough contingency left in the P2P gateway section that they have offered to make the needed improvements to the entire section at no cost to the City. If we wait, the cost of the improvements could fall to the City and have to be budgeted in the Capital Improvement Program. The current cost of these improvements is $250-300,000.
Why weren’t these improvements included in the original P2P plan?
There are a couple reasons. Golden had raised concerns about increased maintenance costs for the raw water line that runs under GTT. Since the original plan included a paved path that ran parallel to US6, west of the bridge up to the parking area, JCOS did not include improvements to the GTT. This does not change that it is now a multi-use path that will eventually need to be improved. The path parallel to US6 is no longer being constructed, making the need to improve GTT more apparent. As mentioned above, JCOS has adequate budget to complete these improvements and has offered to make them as part of the P2P project.
Will there be a soft path?
Yes, there will be an adjacent soft path. Additionally, the trail leading up to the Welch Ditch will remain soft surface and the actual Ditch/Flume will stay soft surface or wood. It’s also important to mention this 1.5 miles of the welch Ditch will be pedestrian only/no bikes.
I hear that the adjacent soft path may only be two feet wide. How wide will it be?
The goal is a five-foot soft path adjacent to the concrete trail. In some areas, large trees limit the space for a soft trail and a decision was made to preserve the trees and the tree canopy and have portions of the soft trail narrower, but always at least two feet. Additionally, there are plans to add an offshoot section of trail that would be entirely soft surface near this area that is approximately the same length.
When was this discussed and how?
As part of the Peak to Plains project, Jefferson County conducted public outreach and it went before the Golden PRAM board at both the May and June PRAM meetings during the director’s report. There were not many questions, and no concerns. PRAM gave positive feedback to it and agreed that it was appropriate to move forward. There was support voiced for soft-surface trails adjacent to the paved path, which is an included element in the project. The typical practice is, if there are concerns, it would go on the next agenda. But because there were not any concerns, it did not move forward to that stage.
Was there an alternative route considered up closer towards 6th Avenue?
The trail parallel to the US 6 wall, on the west side of US 6, was abandoned because it was impossible to get this alignment under 5% to meet ADA standards. This alignment was from our original maps as part of the GOCO grant application and was never updated on the construction signs in the field.
We looked at connecting into the Church Ditch further west than this to help lengthen the trail to make 5%, but this would have required a huge ramp with big walls or a ton of fill that would have caused us to remove most of the trees north of the existing Grant Terry Trail. We felt as though this was too heavy-handed and was a nonstarter.
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.
Grant Terry Trail is compact dirt, 15 feet wide, and adjacent to Clear Creek for .7 mile up the canyon. This is an excellent pedestrian trail in the hot summer months as there is typically a cool breeze.
Access the trail via the Clear Creek Trail west of the Clear Creek RV Park.
Parking lot at the Golden Community Center and on West Highway 6.
The trail is moderate.
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
Please visit jeffco.us/open-space for information on regional trails outside Golden City limits.