Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

July 23, 2010 Comments (5) 1-2 Miles, About 30 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Birdwatching, Creek or Brooks, Easy, Handicap Accessible, hikes near golden colorado, hikes with kids denver, hikes with shade, in denver, visiting family friends

Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

Clear Creek Trail in Golden Colorado

Want a hike to please everyone?

The Clear Creek Trail in Golden, Colorado is it! It’s got shade, the kids can bring their bikes, and you can finish your hike with a stroll around downtown. We might get some flack for calling this a hike, because it runs through the business district of Golden, CO.But you can wear the soles of your shoes down on this one. Jefferson County even has plans to expand the trail several miles into Clear Creek Canyon. Explore the full trail profile for all the details: hiking trails, trail map, and detailed directions to the trailhead.



Trail Snapshot:Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

  • Hike Distance:1.8 Miles
  • Denver Drive Time: 30
  • Difficulty: Easy (super easy)
  • Duration: 1hr
  • Activities: Parks, Shops, Kayaking, People Watching, Rollerblading, and biking.
  • Directions: Click for Google Map
  • Trail Type: Out & Back
  • Seasons: All Season
  • Beauty: Clear Creek, Cliff Swallows, Tree lined river
  • This Trail is Handicap Accessible



When you have small children, some mornings can be harder than others to get through the foothills and into the mountains. This trail is made for those mornings. We like to park downtown, grab coffee at the Windy Saddle, then stroll down the trail. A local training school is often seen near the Washington Street Bridge doing water rescue training. It’s highly entertaining and a great opportunity. Visiting family and friends will find this trail accessible, easy, and refreshing.


  • Bring a Picnic and throw down a blanket at one of the several parks along the way (see map)
  • You can start outside of town at the 6th Ave parking area and you have two options: Hike into town, or hike west in Clear Creek Canyon for .7 miles of the Grant Terry Trail
  • Don’t miss the cliff swallows that have built their nests along the 6th Ave. bridge.
  • The Windy Saddle Cafe, on Washington Street offers a kids’ playroom and their coffee is fantastic.
  • Weather


    Golden, CO
    38°
    fair
    43% humidity
    wind: 7mph SW
    H 66 • L 38
    57°
    Mon
    61°
    Tue
    75°
    Wed


    Map & Driving Directions


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    City of Golden Trail Map Link
    City of Golden Open Space Map Link
    Colorado Road Conditions

    5 Responses to Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

    1. Ryan & Brenda says:

      We went into Golden on Memorial day weekend, this is really easy to access and was a really cool trail. Lots of fun watching the kayaks and people tubing down the river. Plenty of shade and fun.

    2. Teresa says:

      We hiked the Clear Creek trail and it was really great, but I do want to note that the 6th Ave. Parking mentioned here is not available to the public.

    3. Tim says:

      This is especially a good hike for those with small kids as the kids can stay in their strollers and there is a great park to play right off of the trail. Lots of great places to eat as well.

    4. Kendel says:

      A wonderful place to take all family members to enjoy a beautiful day!

    5. Colin says:

      This is one of our family’s favorite picnic spots in the Denver area. Kids love playing by the creek, and mom & dad like stopping by Coors for a short tour afterward. Make sure to pick up a sandwich from D’ Deli on Washington Street–they have the best sandwiches on the Front Range.

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