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Front Range 30 (Chimney Gulch, Apex, Matthews Winters, Dakota Ridge, Green Mountain)

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 3.0 from 2 votes
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Rank: #7 in the Golden area
#203 in CO, #1,566 Overall
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“A Colorado Front Range race/ride that captures some of the closest trails to Golden.”
ryan dougovito on Jul 26, 2013
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31.650.8 milesKilometers 4,540’1,384 m Ascent 7,545’2,300 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
85% Singletrack -4,538’-1,383 m Descent 5,667’1,727 m Low 23% Max Grade (13°)
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Apex (Enchanted Forest) is a direction trail on odd days. Watch the signs.
Overview
This race/ride combines some of my favorite rides right out of Golden.

Quite a bit of climbing, great descents, great views. Plenty of bail-out points and places to re-fuel.

All of these trails get crowded on weekend mid-mornings, so start early, and be respectful of other trail users.
Description
Start in Golden and get a warm up through town, up 19th avenue to Lookout Mountain. Look for the small parking area on your left as you climb and start the singletrack. The first section is steep and technical. The trail continues up to Windy Saddle, with great views of Clear Creek from there.

Follow the trail up to Boettcher Mansion and follow the fun and fast singletrack next to the road (Lookout mountain Trail) to the Apex Trail. Look for the trail when you run into Lookout Mountain Road.

Descend Apex Trail and follow the signs to Enchanted Forest. Enjoy this wooded section. I also added Grubstake loop to add a few miles of fun. Descend Pick N' Sledge to Argos trail to emerge at Heritage Square. Follow US 40 to the Matthew Winters Trailhead and Take Red Rocks Trail (you could also add some climbing with Morrison Slide Trail) over to Dakota Ridge Trail. Climb up and over Dakota Ridge to the Dinasaur Tracks.

There's a nice rest area here with some shade. Take West Alameda down (no cars allowed) and take a left on Rooney Road to the William F. Hayden Green mountain park trailhead. There's plenty of trail here if you want to add miles.

Eventually, descend Box O' Rocks to Rooney Road to the Diamond Shamrock and re-fuel. Find the bike path next to 6th Avenue and ride back to car in Golden.

Check out Golden City Brewery, Mountain Toad or any other fine Golden establishments.
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PHOTOS of Front Range 30 (Chimney Gulch, Apex, Matthews Winters, Dakota Ridge, Green Mountain)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Great front range ride. (Golden, Colorado)
 3.0 from 3 votes
One of the nice lookouts / resting spots along the mellow Green Mountain... (Morrison, Colorado)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Rolling up Chimney Gulch. (Golden, Colorado)
 3.0 from 3 votes
A great view of the metro area where the trails meet! (Golden, Colorado)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Nearing the top of Apex trail - just past the small Aspen grove and toll... (Golden, Colorado)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Wildflowers on Box O' Rox (West Pleasant View, Colorado)
 3.0 from 2 votes
As you might guess, the Summit Loop has some of the best views in the area. (West Pleasant View, Colorado)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Bicycle specific section of the Red Rocks trail. One-way, downhill trav... (Morrison, Colorado)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Bright green hills after a wet spring. (West Pleasant View, Colorado)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Red Rocks trail at the Saddle above the Morrison Slide intersection. Th... (Morrison, Colorado)
 2.7 from 3 votes
The junction of Pick-n-Sledge and Grubstake loop on a sunny spring day (Golden, Colorado)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Slowed down for a rock drop before a switchback and got this! (Golden, Colorado)
 2.3 from 3 votes
The trail is wide and smooth along the ridge. (Lakewood, Colorado)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Nice views from the top out over the foothills to the bigger mountains. (Morrison, Colorado)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Nice rocks near the beginning of the trail. (West Pleasant View, Colorado)
 2.0 from 3 votes
A lookout / resting spot with a distant view of Denver. (Lakewood, Colorado)
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