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Apex Park Tour

 4.4 (116)

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


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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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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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JW Show  
Argos is not that bad a climb. Pick N Sledge has a steep technical section before the first intersection with Grubstake that can get the heart pumping. Strongly agree with Jeff Welch, skip the first intersection with Grubstake and continue climbing PNS. Do Grubstake clock wise, (unless you enjoy very steep and technical climbing). This will add a little distance to the overall ride. May 31, 2017
Brian Smith
Boulder, CO
Brian Smith   Boulder, CO
Good call @Jeff Welch and @JW Show, I went ahead and updated the GPS track and description to match your suggested route. I agree that that's a better option! May 31, 2017
Casey Vavrina
Fort Collins, CO
Casey Vavrina   Fort Collins, CO
Super duper fun, first off. I liked the Grubstake Loop clockwise, but I think next time I'd prefer to skip it altogether, continue through Pick N Sledge to Sluicebox/Hardscrabble/Apex, and save my energy to loop up Enchanted Forest twice. Awesome ride, though. Jul 6, 2017

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