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Argos to Grubstake Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (29) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun after work ride that includes a leg workout with a fast loop that will keep you on your toes.


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Map Key

5.6

Miles

9.1

KM

95%

Singletrack

7,179' 2,188 m

High

6,172' 1,881 m

Low

1,129' 344 m

Up

1,128' 344 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

One way on Argos trail (up only) on odd numbered calendar days.

Overview

This is really a combination of Argos, Pick'n Sledge, Grubstake loop and ending on the lower section of Apex.

Description

Start the uphill switchback grunt on Argos and turn right onto Pick'n Sledge at the first junction. Stay on this trail through a couple of rock features and continue straight at the junction with Grubstake to go clockwise (and take advantage of the downhill). Continue on Pick to the top of Indian Mountain where you can take a quick breather and check out the Denver metro area from the shade of the pines.

Ride on over the backside and turn sharp left onto Grubstake. It can be easy to miss if you're screaming along so a key marker is a sitting bench on your right. Another short and gentler uphill to a series of tight and somewhat technical downhill switchbacks with a nice roll back to the first Grubstake/Pick'n Sledge junction. Continue on back down the hill and onto Apex for a rewarding downhill (avoid the hikers and dogs!)

While there are a few rock sections and water bars, I wouldn't consider this continuously technical. Most flow very well and I'll bet if you got this far you can walk your bike over anything!

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Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 29 votes

#3

in Apex Park

#780

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#3

in Apex Park

#162

in Colorado

#780

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Putting the Wyatt fatbike through the paces in Colorado!
Jan 17, 2017 near Golden, CO
Fun year-round.
Mar 18, 2016 near Golden, CO
The top of Argos overlooking Golden. Facing Grubsnake.
Jun 24, 2016 near Golden, CO
Enchanted forest and magic mountain! Bikes downhill only on even days! This and White Ranch are the best trails to me on the Front Range!
Feb 12, 2021 near Golden, CO
Enchanted forest is truly enchanting with beautiful root drops.
Aug 12, 2019 near Golden, CO
Argos, Pick N' Sledge, Grubstake intersection.
Oct 11, 2016 near Golden, CO

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Dec 7, 2020
Joy Norris
snow and muddy sections on grubstake-though fairly packed down though as of today—no slushy or wet mud sections
Nov 19, 2020
ETHAN AUGUSTUS LEDUKE
Oct 30, 2020
Ben Fowler
Oct 13, 2020
Atsuko Ohtake
Sep 28, 2020
Zeb GrandPré
5.6mi — 1h 08m
Sep 7, 2020
Shannon Baer
Jun 28, 2020
Caitlin G
5.5mi
Jun 27, 2020
Jeremy Stallman