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Apex Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.6 (14)

A continuous ascent through a rocky and rugged valley.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

80%

Runnable

7,480' 2,280 m

High

6,871' 2,094 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

609' 186 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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Bicycle direction changes daily - take note to anticipate fast moving downhill bike traffic.

Runner Notes

This is a VERY popular trail. Along the way, you'll likely encounter multiple other runners along with hikers and many mountain bikers.

Description

Apex Trail is the main trail connecting many of the Apex Park trails. You can start on the west (top) end off of Lookout Mountain Road or from the east (bottom) off of the Heritage Park parking lot, depending on the day.

It's a steep ascent as you work your way up this one. It's steep enough to get your heart rate up, and characteristics like water bars and large rocks keep it interesting. The way back is similar and can be hard on the knees. You'll be encompassed in a rugged valley for most of the duration of the trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Benjamin Pontecorvo with improvements by Patrick Csongei

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 14 votes

#3

in Apex Park

#10206

Overall
  3.6 from 14 votes
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Trail Rankings

#3

in Apex Park

#885

in Colorado

#10,206

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Photos

Snow covered trail leading into the Enchanted Forest area.
Mar 2, 2018 near Golden, CO
Apex Trail looking north
Jul 16, 2019 near Golden, CO
After the break off from Apex- heading up into the forest
Mar 31, 2015 near Golden, CO
After the break off point from Apex- heading into the forest
Mar 31, 2015 near Golden, CO

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Nov 18, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Jun 9, 2019
Matt Mcclellan
5.8mi
Dec 22, 2018
David Demmer
Dry but hard packed ice in made for more of a challenge a slippery descent. 8.5mi — 1h 58m
Nov 29, 2018
Brian Curtin
5.6mi
Aug 15, 2018
Andrei Terpylak
May 24, 2017
Ben Tyler
Feb 17, 2017
Mr Singleton
Combined with enchanted forest
Feb 11, 2017
Lynda Wacht