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Apex

Average Rating:    (3.74 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

Trail use restrictions, one-way biking on odd calendar days.
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Latitude
39.716102
Longitude
-105.209805
Trail Directions
Right at the heratage sq parking lot
Trail Length
5-10 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Golden
State/Territory/Province
CO
Country
US
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Review Date
October 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Matt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Like many other front range trails steep and rocky climbs are the norm with some challenging (annoying) switchbacks, but great technical and rocky trail. Enchanted Forrest is an awesome treat through a seemingly lush wooded area. Just make sure you ride this trail on an even calendar day otherwise no descent through EF.

Recommended Route:
Evan days: Up Apex, down EF, up Sluicebox, clockwise through Grubstake, down Pick n Sledge back to Apex and then down. Odd days: some other park

Other recommended trails in the same area:
most of the jeffco trails



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Review Date
September 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Scottay715 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is some awsome single track that is close to town, has plenty of tasty technical goodness and is very scenic. Unfortunately it's close proximaty to the metro area means that it is very heavily trafficed and I happen to be one of those weenies that feels compelled to stop and let hikers have the right of way which means I'm constantly having to stop. Wonderful trail but way to much hiker traffic.

Recommended Route:
Out and back, up then back down.



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Review Date
June 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: feltbloomovsteel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this trail has been well summarized but i wanted to note the trail usage change as of 2010; on odd numbered days 3 segments ov the trail can only be biked on in one direction (this is all odd numbered days, not just weekends). on odd days part ov the Apex trail can only be biked up on, meaning that to return to the bottom you have to create a loop by going up the sluicebox switch backs, also on odd days the enchanted forest section is one-way. the third segment affected had not been built when i was there a few days ago. here's a link to the official pdf - http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/jeffco/openspace_uploads/trail_use_changes_at_apex_park.pdf

i find the trails to be technical due to small sections ov rock outcropping that are a great challenge. also many ov the switchback turns have diagonal wood going across them which i found difficult up or down but again a great challenge. wonderfully one can create a 45min ride here or a 3hr ride by taking all trail options (being an average rider it took me 3 hours to do Grubstake, Enchanted Forest then PicknSledge back, not pushing the pace much). also the conditions vary nicely with many hot, sunny, dusty sections and some shaded, tree root, compact dirt sections.
i've never ridden past lookout mountain road.

Recommended Route:
i recommend Apex to PicknSledge to Grubstake loop, the northern section ov Grubstake loop is shaded forest and if taken counter clockwise it is a rolling section finished by a challenging switchback climb but clockwise it would be a shaded technical decent fallowed by fun rolling. which ever route you take then go to the Sluicebox and head down to the Apex trail to the Enchanted Forest which will end near the top ov the Apex trail. i prefer to descend the Apex trail the entire way but now on odd days you'll hav to go back up Sluicebox at which point i take the PicknSledge route back but it could be a good chance to take Grubstake loop the opposite direction than you came to create a long ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt.Falcon
MathewWinters/DakotaRidge



Comments
Shredpez (06/27/2010)
I just rode this trail for the first time in 5 years and was very confused.
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Review Date
August 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ianplummer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I really enjoy this trail. It is close to town and I can ride it with a limited amount of time. There is just enough technical to add some challenge but not enough to keep me pushing my bike. If I could ever make it up that steep rocky section. I have come extremely close, but I'm not there yet!

Recommended Route:
I usually take the same route. I take the main trail up to Pick N' Sledge. I than take a right on Pick N' Sledge and go to Grubstake Loop. I go up Grubstake and hang a left on Bonanza Trail. I than take Bonanza back to Pick N' Sledge and back to where I came from. It usually takes me an hour to an hour and a half.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dakota Ridge connecting to Matthew Winters. I also enjoy Mount Falcon.



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Review Date
October 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: stillfat ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
UNDERRATED. Apex is a GREAT trail network and close to town. The downhill on Enchanted Forest doesn't last long, but while it does it's arguably one of the funnest little sections of trail in Colorado.

Apex does get crowded with a lot of hikers and is best ridden outside of peak user times. Take it slow going down the main Apex trail - much better options for letting it rip exist elsewhere in the park.

Recommended Route:
Up Apex Trail, loop EF, up Sluice Box, down Pick 'N' Sledge.



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