Clear Creek Canyon Park
Clear Creek Canyon Park Big Easy Trailhead, U.S. 6, Golden, CO, USA
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Clear Creek Canyon Park serves up great mountain hiking without having to hike up a mountain!
Location: There are multiple entry points, but we started at Clear Creek Canyon Big Easy Trailhead, located at 32088 US Highway 6 in Golden, CO
Why it’s a must-hike spot: The hikes that are part of Clear Creek Canyon Park are the perfect way to feel like you’re taking part in the Colorado mountain life … without actually having to hike up a mountain. Although the entire Clear Creek Trail is 20.1 miles long, you can obviously pick where you start and for how long you hike. Luckily, the entire thing is fairly flat and easy, and most parts are even paved, which means it’s very stroller-friendly. The creek makes an excellent addition to your hike, and at certain areas throughout you can even head down to dip your feet in. Where we began our adventure — at the Big Easy Trailhead entrance — there were well-maintained restrooms and a few picnic areas before you even hit the trail.
Keep in mind: The entrances to the trailheads for this hike are off a major highway, so it’s important to pay attention because they come up quickly and can be easy to miss. The parking lot fills up quickly, as well, and there’s not much additional parking available since it is off the highway.
By: Cheryl Lock of Weary Wanderer