Trail Run Project Logo

Apex-Enchanted Lollipop

 4.2 (24)

5.7 Miles 9.2 Kilometers


85%

Runnable

1,179' 359 m

Ascent

-1,179' -359 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

7,312' 2,229 m

High

6,172' 1,881 m

Low

Shared By Mr Singleton

Conditions


All Clear 19 hours ago
Dry History

Getting forecast...

This is one of the best runs on the Front Range.

Mr Singleton

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This is the classic Apex Loop. Runners will start out with a steady climbn that leads to the Enchanted Forest. You'll swear you are in the Appalachia on this portion of the run as it rolls through a dense forest.

Runner Notes

Watch for out for mountain bikers. This trail description runs clockwise and will be exposed for the first 3 miles, but this rewards the runner with amazing downhills through Enchanted Forest.

Description

From the parking lot head west on the Apex Trail. The Apex Trail is a steep ascent. 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.

At junction of Apex Trail and Enchanted Forest continue on the Apex Trail for the loop. At the next junction, turn southwest into the Enchanted Forest and follow this trail until it rejoins the Apex Trail and heads east back to the parking lot.

Enchanted Forest is a great alternative to the upper section of the Apex Trail and enables the creation of a loop at the top of Apex Park. Aptly named, the trail follows tight and twisty singletrack through dense forest (by Colorado standards), lending it a different mood from other trails at Apex. The lush, dense forest that Enchanted Forest runs through can look more like the Pacific Northwest than the Colorado Front Range.

Contacts

You & This Featured Run


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Jul 21, 2018
Josh M.
Jul 13, 2018
M Hoffman
5.5mi
Jul 5, 2018
Josh M.
Jun 1, 2018
Felipe Tapia
First time doing this trail and I have to say it has some steep little hills! Really good tho! 5.7mi
Apr 28, 2018
Matt Melnicoff
Apr 25, 2018
Anthony Rice
Apr 7, 2018
Jennifer Schoeman
Jan 7, 2018
Vince M
9.5mi

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 24 votes

#1

in Apex Park

#266

Overall
  4.2 from 24 votes
5 Star
42%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
25%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#1

in Apex Park

#60

in Colorado

#266

Overall
212 Views Last Month
2,171 Since Apr 21, 2017
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
20%
70%
10%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running