Apex Trail

Consensus:    (details)
  3.9 from 21 votes
black  Difficult from 6 votes
Rank: #2 in the Apex Park area
#123 in CO, #1,560 Overall
Views: 8,773. Last 30 days: 329
Nov 23 Red - Muddy
Trail in the area near Golden,
“A tough climb up a rocky technical valley, or a technical, rowdy descent.”
Matt Thoele on May 2, 2013
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2.84.5 milesKilometers 0’0 m Ascent 7,488’2,282 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -1,319’-402 m Descent 6,169’1,880 m Low 31% Max Grade (17°)
Many portions of this trail are uphill only on odd days
1:05 average time for 8.8 miles. Details

Apex Trail is the main trail connecting many of the Apex park trails to one another. You can start on the west (top) end off of Lookout Mountain road or from the east (bottom) off of the Heritage Park parking lot depending on the day.

It's a difficult technical climb as you work your way up this one. It's steep enough to get your heart rate up, then it throws water bars and lots of big rock moves at you to shatter your momentum. It's rideable, but many will have a tough time clearing the whole thing in one shot.

As a descent, Apex is a blast. This trail is rowdy, fast and technical. Expect difficult rock maneuvers, drops and high speeds. One of the most fun descents in the area.
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  3.0 from 3 votes
Nearing the top of Apex trail - just past the small Aspen grove and toll... (Golden, CO)