Jefferson County Open Space is developing new trails in Clear Creek Canyon along highway 6, west of Golden. I love driving up Clear Creek Canyon, with it's steep cliffs alongside the rushing river. The Open Space trail has no name, map or bathrooms, just a parking lot and a trail.
I have hiked here before in this blog post, but couldn't go as far as I wanted due to thunderstorms rolling in. Since I had to turn back on the hike, I have always wanted to know what was on the other side of the mountain. My grandmother used to sing a song to me when I was little that I was reminded of; "the bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain to see what he could see, to see what he could see. But all that he did see was the other side of the mountain, the other side of the mountain was all that he did see." And that is all that I saw; but it was still a great hike.
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