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Clear Creek Trail

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Documents

Clear Creek Trail Map and Brochure (PDF)

Features

  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Bench Seating
  3. Bike Trail
  4. Clear Creek
  5. Fishing
  6. Gold Panning
  7. Natural Area
  8. Walking Trail
  9. Wildlife Viewing Boardwalk
Clear Creek is the centerpiece of the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt stretching for approximately 7 miles through 300 acres of open space. Clear Creek Trail in Wheat Ridge begins west of Youngfield Street and ends at Harlan Street. This section of the Clear Creek Trail and Greenbelt are managed by the City's Parks, Forestry and Open Space Division.

Trailheads


Gold Panning


Recreational gold panning is allowed in Clear Creek only at the Arapahoe Bay area located on the north side of Clear Creek Trail, approximately 1/4-mile west of Youngfield Street and I-70, south of Highway 58. Two ways to access the area:
  • 41st and Youngfield Trailhead Parking Lot
  • Parking on the south frontage road of Highway 58, east of McIntyre Street


Gold Panning Rules


  • Battery equipment is allowed , but battery must be contained in a battery box.
  • No digging allowed on the south side of the creek.
  • No form of gold panning is allowed in Clear Creek east of Youngfield Street in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt.
  • No gas powered equipment allowed .
  • Prospecting activities, including panning and sluicing are permitted within the creek bed only.
  • Prospecting is allowed on the north side of the creek on non-vegetative areas provided all holes are filled. No digging around trees or under vegetation. Vertical digging only.
All other City of Wheat Ridge Park Rules apply.

Subfacilities

  1. Youngfield Trailhead

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