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Trail

9.4 mile 15.1 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,668' 508 m
Descent: -1,667' -508 m
High: 7,309' 2,228 m
Low: 6,164' 1,879 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

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

Brian Smith

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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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Jul 16, 2019
Alex Larroc
9.4mi — 19h 30m
Jul 14, 2019
Eric Hayes
Tired popped on way down — 1h 20m
Jul 12, 2019
Kenny P
With Jared- met Sam who crashed and injured himself (from Columbine HS Cycling Team)
Jul 12, 2019
Catalina Preciado
Jul 8, 2019
Thomas Bruce
Jul 4, 2019
Hunter Ruth
Did east side and part of apex. Very technical — 1h 20m
Jul 4, 2019
Craig N
Freakin awesome ride, technical bits, walked some 8.6mi
Jun 27, 2019
Adam Miller
Directional restriction odd days takes away the great descending of Enchanted Forest and much of Apex. Counterclockwise on Grubstake is tough.

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