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Trail

5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer loop
85% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,179' 359 m
Descent: -1,179' -359 m
High: 7,312' 2,229 m
Low: 6,172' 1,881 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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

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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.

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Feb 19, 2019
Joe Allen
5.5mi — 1h 11m
Oct 6, 2018
Timothy Cauni
Sep 30, 2018
David Demmer
5.5mi — 1h 05m
Aug 24, 2018
WookieStick69 Thomas
Great run! Love the forest section 5.7mi
Aug 18, 2018
Rob Pressly
Aug 11, 2018
A Mondragon
Aug 9, 2018
juggy
2nd run ever 5.5mi
Jul 28, 2018
Mirka Gores
Run whole Apex - 4 trails 2x 10.6mi

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 41 votes

#1

in Apex Park

#173

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  4.1 from 41 votes
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in Apex Park

#48

in Colorado

#173

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I did this run this morning for the first time, and I was wondering if there's a certain direction runners are supposed to go? A mountain biker said something about me going the wrong way, but I saw nothing about it being one-way for hikers or runners. I ran up in the forest and back down through the meadow. This was perfect because the tough part was shaded and the easier part was in the sun. Aug 24, 2018

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