ElevationAscent: 1,750' 534 m
Descent: -1,751' -534 m
High: 7,339' 2,237 m
Low: 6,168' 1,880 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“Tour of Apex Park through multiple biomes with a good variety of terrain.”— Nick Fedoroff
Lots of mountain bikers on this trail, so keep your head up around those turns and listen for the bells.
Get there early! This one is close to civilization and gets busy late morning.
Meeting up with Apex again, you get a reprieve as you descend to the mostly flat Hardscrabble Trail. Things get a little more challenging as you meet Sluicebox, whose switchbacks climb once again over rocky terrain. The downhill challenge begins at Grubstake Loop, which winds through ponderosa pine forest (Abert's squirrel spotted here, hence the name) and around Indian Mountain, finally climbing through wildflower meadows along the east facing ridge where you'll find spectacular views of Golden and Denver. This is the most exposed part of the entire route. The last leg is a gentle downhill on Argos Trail back to Apex Trail and the parking lot.
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Land Manager: Jefferson County, CO - Open Space Dept.