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Apex Park Tour

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9.4 Miles 15.1 Kilometers



1,668' 508 m


-1,667' -508 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (13°)

7,309' 2,228 m


6,164' 1,879 m


Shared By Brian Smith


Bad / Closed 2 days ago
Muddy - Drove by today and the park was closed due to mud. History

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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.


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.


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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Damien Gonsman
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
Landon Klein
Denver, CO
Landon Klein   Denver, CO
For the 'non mtb bro', don't ride a trail that is out of your skill range. If the trail is designated as a blue/black or just a black then expect to be challenged. IMHO Apex is one of the best descents in the front range. I prefer it over Longhorn as there is more flow and significantly less water bars (not to say water bars are a bad thing). Also the climb to get to the Enchanted Forest is not as grueling (still very challenging) as other black diamond climbs. Highly recommend this trail, I had a blast on the short lived descent. Oct 23, 2018
One of my favorite trails in CO. I wish you could ride this everyday and not just even days. This is a fun fast ride, the initial climb is perfect for learning technical climbing. Enchanted forest all the way down to the parking lot is the best part! A fun easy fast decent. Definitely a must for those that like a trail close to town with some skill building challenges. Loooove that downhill. Oct 25, 2018

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