16.5 miles
3,154 ft
-3,156 ft
1 mile
High Point

When climbing up Argos and Pick-n-sledge trail on ODD numbered days, keep a lookout for downhill traffic.

A climb up the Apex system with several challenging tech sections followed by a long and fast, flowing descent.

This route takes a loop approach to combine several of Golden's top trails ending with a long and fast flowing descent down Chimney Gulch.

Starting near the bottom of Chimney Gulch, allows for several good parking options. This also allows to for a good warm up along the paved US 6 Trail as you make your way to Apex Park.

The climb up Apex provides several steeper sections scattered with technical step-ups and rocky cruxes, eventually coming to a great overlook of Golden and a high point to start off the first descent down Bonanza Trail. You will then re-climb a short section to complete the first mini loop prior to heading further west along the Apex Trail to the second descent down the highly entertaining Enchanted Forest Trail. You will then re-climb a short section of the Apex Trail thus completing the second mini loop. This time you will top out the Apex Trail then head north along Lookout Mountain Trail where you will start your final 1800' descent down Chimney Gulch Trail

Thanks to countless sweaty hours from volunteers within the community and the Golden Giddyup the Chimney Gulch trail has seen great improvements creating a wonderful downhill trail.

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3 Reviews & Comments

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rzicc (Sep 3, 2020 at 16:17)
 this might be the dumbest way to do this ride...
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Jeankspencer (May 1, 2021 at 14:03)
 Agree. Counter clockwise would be better
  • + 2
cmcquade (May 13, 2021 at 21:03)
 Both Chim-pex (up chimney down apex) and this version are great rides. Try both you may be surprised... This route you get the enchanted forest DH followed by a longer descent from top of lookout mtn down chimney which is a blast faster then apex less chunk.

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Apex Park, Even Day Yeti Lunch Ride
Apex Park, Even Day Yeti Lunch Ride
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Oct 24, 2021
Pick N Sledge
Pick N Sledge
0:26 | 175 | comments: 0 | favs:
Aug 27, 2012
Me and a friend tearing down a section of Pick N Sledge portion of the Apex trail system in Golden Colorado.
Me crashing
Me crashing
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May 19, 2021
Bars twisted when I landed, didn't go too well.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Enchanted Forest
Dec 30, 2021 @ 9:43am
Dec 30, 2021
only some snow packed areas — all of it is totally rideable
Chimney Gulch
Dec 22, 2021 @ 9:30am
Dec 22, 2021
Lookout Mountain (Beaver Brook)
Dec 22, 2021 @ 9:30am
Dec 22, 2021
Lookout Mountain Access
Dec 22, 2021 @ 9:30am
Dec 22, 2021
Dec 12, 2021 @ 10:57am
Dec 12, 2021
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