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Apex Park Tour

 4.4 (131)

9.4 Miles 15.1 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

1,668' 508 m

Ascent

-1,667' -508 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

7,309' 2,228 m

High

6,164' 1,879 m

Low

Shared By Brian Smith

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This technical front range ride is only possible on even numbered days but it's worth the planning!

Brian Smith

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Features eMTB allowed

All or portions of certain trails in Apex Park are directional by day. This route is for even numbered days only. Please see maps posted at trailheads for further information.

Overview

This route incorporates two of the best descending trails in Apex Park: Enchanted Forest and Apex Trail. Both of these trails are subject to direction restrictions (uphill only) on odd numbered days, but when you're allowed to descend them, they are a ton of fun.

Need to Know

Once again, please observe the directional restrictions on odd numbered days.

Description

Start this ride from either parking lot and climb Apex Trail to Argos Trail. Argos Trail is a grind of a climb but there are some great views of Denver and Golden as you climb. At the top of Argos, turn right onto Pick N' Sledge. Continue climbing on Pick N' Sledge until you reach an intersection with Grubstake - stay left here.

Continue climbing Pick N' Sledge, which is still rocky and steep, until another intersection with Grubstake where you'll turn right. At this point, the trail enters the woods and the character changes dramatically. There are some very steep sections on Grubstake that are littered rocks and the dirt usually stays way better back here thanks to the aspect and tree cover. After the descent, pedal the mellow climb on Grubstake back to Pick N' Sledge and retrace your steps back to the top.

This time, take Sluicebox, which descends through a series of difficult, rocky switchbacks to a junction with Hardscrabble, and eventually Apex Trail. Turn right on Hardscrabble.

Follow Hardscrabble which offers a smooth connection to Apex Trail. Stay right onto Apex and get back on the pedals. Continue the fairly mellow climb all the way to the top of Enchanted Forest. Now the fun really begins.

Drop your saddle, open your suspension and let it rip. Don't be fooled, however, as Enchanted Forest has a few very steep climbs that intersperse the rapid descent. Eventually, you'll pop out at the bottom of Enchanted Forest at a junction with Apex Trail. Stay straight onto Apex and from here, it's all downhill.

Prepare yourself for steep rocky sections and lower grade, higher speed sections. This is a technical trail that will have the descend-happy riders grinning from ear to ear. Apex Trail terminates at the parking lot.

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  4.4 from 131 votes

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Feel like Apex needs a comment from a non-MTB Bro, especially one not from CO. First, I've ridden trails in Breck, Leadville, Santa Fe, Sedona, Annadel State Park, Arkansas, and others... not my first time on a MTB. Now then: if you think it's not really MTB unless your walking your bike up and down sections of steep, dangerous, un-rideable terrain, then you'll love Apex. If getting out of the car and doing a 2-hour climb is living your best life, Apex is for you. If, however, you enjoy *riding* your bike, and have a job and family and the idea of breaking your arm or neck on the enchanted forest descent doesn't have you "grinning ear to ear," then you may want to look for another trail. My least favorite MTB ride by a wide margin. Sep 4, 2018
Sam Clark
Golden, CO
Sam Clark   Golden, CO
"Feel like Apex needs a comment from a non-MTB Bro"...well bucko, you're on a mountain bike website. Go back to wherever you came from lmao. Dear lawd. Go ride Green Mountain and spare us the review. Sep 17, 2018
Damien Gonsman
Evergreen
Damien Gonsman   Evergreen
fortunately for "non-MTB Bro's" most trail systems in this part of the US from the about front range to moab have a variety of choices to make the ride enjoyable for most skill levels, maybe minus very beginner level. for the most part this website lets you know what you're in for ahead of time. Not liking a ride because it was too challenging is the same as not liking a double black ski run with bumps if you've only been on groomed stuff. luckily they have maps for that to make sure folks don't end up on the wrong terrain. Oct 3, 2018

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