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Ape' Ney (Apex to Chimney)

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A climb up the Apex system with several challenging tech sections followed by a long and fast, flowing descent.


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9.3

Miles

14.9

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,540' 2,298 m

High

5,705' 1,739 m

Low

1,623' 495 m

Up

2,082' 635 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

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When climbing up Argos Trail on even numbered days, keep a lookout for downhill traffic. On odd numbered days, Argos Trail, as well Enchanted Forest and portions of Apex Trail, are uphill (west) only. If you're uncertain which trails are directional, make sure you check out the park map at the trailhead. Directional trails are strictly enforced!

Overview

Thanks to countless sweaty hours from volunteers within the community and the Golden Giddyup the Chimney Gulch trail has seen great improvements creating a wonderful downhill trail. Many climb Chimney Gulch to descend the Apex Trail ("Chim'Pex"), which is a great ride as well.

I highly suggest trying it in the other direction ("Ape' Ney"). You wont be disappointed and it may even become a favorite.

Near the top of the Apex Trail climb, if an even numbered days consider a add-on descent of Enchanted Forest Trail. Once at the bottom of one of the better downhill segments in the area, re-climb the upper portion of Apex Trail and continue along the Ape ' Ney route!

Need to Know

Leaving a shuttle car somewhere in Golden, preferably near one of the many micro breweries for post ride refreshments is an option. Or one can return to the Apex Park parking lot via the paved bike trail found at the end of the Chimney Gulch trail.

Description

From the Apex Park parking lot, warm your legs up working your way up the Argos Trail switchbacks. After taking a right onto Pick N' Sledge trail, ready yourself for several steeper sections scattered with technical step-ups and rocky cruxes. Continue on the trail passing by the Grubstake trail intersection, eventually coming to a great overlook of Golden and the high point of Pick N' Sledge.

Enjoy the short but perfectly timed downhill joining briefly into Sluicebox then Hardscrabble - a smooth connection from Sluicebox to Apex. Now continue on upper Apex, a steady and mostly smooth climb finishing with a wood slat ramp. Cross Lookout Mountain Road to pickup Lookout Mountain Trail, which runs alongside Colorow Road The trail eventually crosses over the paved road, look for the picnic table.

Drop the seat as it's time to grin ear-to-ear for the next four miles of downhill bliss. There will be a brief interruption at the Windy Saddle parking lot where you'll pick up the Chimney Gulch trail which starts next to a guard rail after crossing the paved road.

After several miles of beautiful downhill you'll come to a small dirt pullout. Carefully cross the paved road and look for the trail to continue on the other side. This short segment comes to a dirt road; hang a left and the trail continues a short distance off to the right.

This final segment is a blast with several tight turns, big jumps, and well crafted berms. The trail will lead you through a tunnel cutting under the highway with singletrack continuing on the other side before ending at Clear Creek in Golden.

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Shared By:

Chuck McQuade with improvements by Michael Dunn

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 28 votes

#2

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#405

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#2

in Apex Park

#104

in Colorado

#405

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Photos

Putting the Wyatt fatbike through the paces in Colorado!
Jan 17, 2017 near Golden, CO
Rocks and roots.
Jun 22, 2019 near Golden, CO
Sending it on lower Chimney Gulch Trail.
Jan 14, 2019 near Golden, CO
Chimney Gulch includes its fair share of technical challenges on top of 2K feet of climbing.
Sep 24, 2016 near Golden, CO
One of the many rock gardens along Chimney Gulch
Aug 25, 2018 near Golden, CO
Newly improved thanks SPOT bikes and Golden Giddyup Crews
Aug 25, 2018 near Golden, CO

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Jun 20, 2020
James Cezo
went the opposite way, fun techy downhill
Jun 4, 2020
Elijah Chapa
May 8, 2020
Jack McCaffery
Tough tough climb, VERY rewarding downhill. Would do again (hopefully faster) 9.2mi — 2h 00m
May 2, 2020
Evan Baron
Sep 28, 2019
Sophie R
Aug 24, 2019
Abdu Arzate
Saturday morning. 60 degree sunny 9mi
Aug 24, 2019
Amir Eltabib
9mi — 8h 15m
Aug 18, 2019
Rex Dickson

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