Apex Park

 12 votes

5.4 Miles 8.6 Kilometers

 

82% 

Runnable

95%

Singletrack

1,205' 367 m

Ascent

-1,199' -366 m

Descent

7,201' 2,195 m

High

6,171' 1,881 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

All Clear

31 days agoUpdate

A must-see tour of Apex Park conveniently located just outside of Golden.

Kristen Arendt

Overview

This loop rewards you with great views of the surrounding foothills, downtown Golden, and the greater Denver area. Be ready for a steady climb at the beginning and some short rocky sections, but it is well worth the effort!
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Runner Notes

This is a popular trail. Along the way, you'll likely encounter multiple other runners along with hikers and many mountain bikers so be courteous. The trail is runnable with some rocky terrain consistent with other front range trails, although less rocky than most.

Description

The run starts on the Apex Trail which is the main trail connecting many of the Apex Park trails. Start on the east (bottom) off of the Heritage Park parking lot where there is plenty of parking located just outside of downtown Golden. The Apex Trail is a steep ascent in a rugged valley, but as you are only on the trail for a short section before turning onto Argos Trail, just take it as a warmup for the rest of the run.

Bearing right shortly after the beginning of Apex Trail will bring you to Argos Trail which is a short, easy trail that winds up to its endpoint and intersection with Pick N' Sledge. It is a steady climb, but not steep.

Continue right on Pick N' Sledge which offers a switchback-filled route through the trees. This trail has great views of Golden and the greater Denver area as you ascend, but those views disappear quickly as you get deeper into the park. Overall, it's a great trail; it is a bit rocky, but not so bad that you can't look up and take in the views.

Near the end of Pick N' Sledge, take a right onto Grubstake Loop to continue your tour through Apex Park. This trail provides some easy running through open spaces and a few forested areas. There are a series of switchbacks that are just moderate enough for enjoyable running or hiking for those who choose. Enjoy the descent on this trail until it intersects with Pick N' Sledge where you can retrace your steps down Pick N' Sledge, Argos Trail, and Apex Trail back to the trailhead.

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Jul 20, 2017
Toko Morimoto
Jun 30, 2017
Donnie Hinshaw
Beautiful summer morning! 60 degrees following an overnight thunderstorm. Glorious! Damp trails with a little mud in spots 5.4mi
Mar 1, 2017
Lynda Wacht
Feb 17, 2017
Mr Singleton
Apex to Enchanted
Oct 27, 2016
JonathanC
apex > enchanted forest > pick ... > argos 8mi
Oct 9, 2016
Dave Caldwell
5.4mi
Jul 15, 2016
Levi Ender
First hard Run 5.6mi — 55h 40m
May 31, 2016
Dave Kruse

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