Clear Creek County’s move toward bicycling advocacy and infrastructure began 13 years ago under the guidance of County Commissioner Harry Dale. He recognized that Clear Creek County was a natural for recreation activity that benefited the County, and started Clear Creek down a path that Summit, Eagle, Routt, Garfield, and La Plata Counties were already pursuing which was recreation tourism.
Commissioner Dale and subsequent Clear Creek County Commissioners and Staff diligently pursued paving and resurfacing of roads on HWY103 Squaw Pass, Witter Gulch, Guanella Pass, Stanley/Alvarado roads, and the Bakerville-Loveland & Idaho Springs-Tributary bike ways which turned the County into one of the best road bike cycling areas in Colorado. Clear Creek County also has incredible mountain biking which is unfortunately unknown to many Front Range cyclists who drive hundreds of miles west to Fruita and Moab.
Clear Creek County is continuing its bicycle friendly activities with the construction of the 10-foot wide paved Greenway Trail along Clear Creek from Idaho Springs to Golden, a cooperative project with Jefferson County. While many use the term “Peaks to Plains” trail, we call it the “Peaks to DIA” trail as it will offer international and domestic cyclist visitors to our state the opportunity to conveniently bicycle from the Denver airport to Clear Creek County, and beyond to mountain communities throughout Colorado.
Clear Creek County has had a long standing relationship with Team Evergreen Cycling. The Triple Bypass, Mount Evans Hill Climb, and regular TE Club rides have a continual presence in the county which we appreciate. We are seeing other significant rides as well such as the Ride The Rockies and the Red Rocks Century Ride. We expect the Pro Challenge will travel through Clear Creek as well when the organizers are ready to look for new and exciting routes close to the Front Range. With climbs like Witter Gulch, Mount Evans, Squaw Pass, Berthoud Pass, Guanella Pass, and Loveland Pass all located in a county 1/3 the size of Jefferson County our presence as cycling center cannot be overlooked.
John Bryon, Communications, Clear Creek County