Clear Creek Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wheat Ridge, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This easy loop follows Clear Creek past Prospect, Tabor and West Lakes. This trail is paved on the north side of the river for bicycles and unpaved for most of the southern portion of the river for foot traffic only. There is a small offshoot trail that goes behind the smaller pond next to West Lake. This offshoot adds a little to the trail length and is a little less used by people. It has a nice boardwalk and bird viewing blind to enjoy all the bird species that congregate in that area. Wild cormorants flock to the small island in Tabor Lake and you will also see hawks, red winged black birds, geese, muskrat and beaver if you are lucky. Many people come here for bird watching and fishing. There 3 bridges that will take you to either side of the river.
Walk along the south side of the creek. The north side is paved with lots of bikers. The south side is a dirt trail and mostly covered with beautiful deciduous trees
It was a pretty good short hike. I only did half of the hike today. The trail is easy and paved, but there is a side trail if you want to feel dirt/gravel under your shoes.
Very easy trail, not sure about the loop part... one side of the creek trail looked to be off limits to bikes.
Very easy trail however on sunny days much of the paved trails are in direct sun so take plenty of water. I enjoyed taking the unpaved trails next to the creek and enjoyed a shady lunch in view of a red hawk and some ducks. It feels very remote despite being in the middle of an urban area. The Apple Map from All Trails told me to park on a residential street and walk to the trail but after I walked down I saw that there is a parking area near the trail head. I would take different directions than what the map suggests to get to it because that part of the walk is fairly stark and I noticed that I parked my car on the street and when I returned the people who owned the home were not pleased with me parking there...though I have no idea why.
It is really fun if you go on the hiking path. There is little trails that go along side of the river. You'll run into large exposed roots and logs so don't go too fast.
It is good not hard at all
great ride from Golden to Wheat Ridge...going to Golden.. well be strong.
One main gravel/paved trail and many other tiny bike/horse trails that branch off everywhere including a great narrow trail that follows the river. A great quick trail!
Great for me to bike with my dog and it's nice to be next to the water. Please be aware that the main parking lot where the directions take you has had some car break ins (my back windows got smashed). I would advise parking somewhere else to access the trail.
It's a nice walk through residential neighborhoods along a creek. Nice for jogging or walking your dog.
Nice and easy for our first family trail ...
The trail itself follows the clear creek, and is a wonderful walking spot.