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Clear Creek Trail


Clear Creek Trail Map & Brochure (PDF)


  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Bench Seating
  3. Bike/Walking Trail
  4. Clear Creek
  5. Fishing
  6. Gold Panning
  7. Natural Area
  8. 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.

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 St. and I-70, south of Highway 58. Two ways to access the area:
  • 41st & Youngfield Trailhead Parking Lot
  • Parking on the south frontage road of Highway 58, east of McIntyre St.

Gold Panning Rules

  • No form of gold panning is allowed in Clear Creek east of Youngfield St. in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt.
  • 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.
  • No digging allowed on the south side of the creek.
  • No gas powered equipment allowed.
  • Battery equipment is allowed, but battery must be contained in a battery box.

All other City of Wheat Ridge Park Rules apply.