7.7 miles
Distance
1,644 ft
Climb
-1,641 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Apex, Grubstake, Enchanted Forest Loop

Detailed Description
Apex Enchanted Forest Loop is a 8 mile popular expert route located near Golden Colorado. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 1,644 ft with a max elevation of 7,323 ft then descends -1,641 ft.
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12 Reviews & Comments

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NoahaoUrUp (Aug 28, 2022 at 11:08)
It’s rated single black but it’s certainly pushing double. Really techy. Need to take right lines or you’re very my going OTB. Tons of fun!
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Mclslee (Sep 29, 2022 at 10:10)
Def not pushing double lol. Arguably not even single black. The climb up is black fitness but there's no black features in the guts. Just a lot of rocks / baby heads that you can 99% ride over or just ride around.
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chuckmallott (Aug 5, 2022 at 6:41)
Rode this going downhill and glad for it because climbing this would have been a no go for me. Seemed like it was pretty much rock garden all the way down. Good for practicing your tech skills, but yeah ... hang on tight and get ready for a workout.
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chuckmallott (Aug 5, 2022 at 6:39)
Trail Sluicebox
Rode this going downhill ... several stretches of rock garden, but not too bad ... several switchbacks. Pretty fun overall.
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chuckmallott (Aug 5, 2022 at 6:37)
Trail Hardscrabble
Great little trail - I rode it going downhill and it was a blast.
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Pkfire (Jul 14, 2022 at 21:40)
Vmeh
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GeoffCB (Nov 22, 2021 at 16:17)
Great condition on enchanted forest and Apex. Lower Apex is chunky and eats derailleur if you’re bold and not careful.
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JoshCO (Aug 9, 2021 at 20:52)
Trail Argos
There are no longer day or direction restrictions on the trail. Needs to be updated.
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CCS414 (May 5, 2020 at 13:20)
Super fun trail that will satisfy the techy climber in you and also provide you with lots of speed and twisty bits on the downhill. Lots of hikers so be courteous.
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Ntbcz (Sep 25, 2019 at 12:11)
What's up with only being able to ride both Apex and Enchanted Forest uphill on odd days? It means that you cant do a loop up one and down the other. Alternate days would mean you can do a loop up one and down the other. Doesnt seem very well thought out.
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bocomtb (Oct 11, 2019 at 10:23)
Apex Trail is bi-directional between Sluicebox and Lookout Mountain Road on all days. So on odd days you can go up Enchanted and down Apex until Apex meets Sluicebox. That means there is a loop opportunity on upper Apex regardless of day.

Note: I am not justifying the BS that makes it okay for hikers to go anywhere on Apex at any time while riders have to navigate complicated rules or risk fines. Just trying to bring clarity to these poorly defined restrictions.
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Iceman22k (Apr 5, 2019 at 9:10)
Trail half covered in ice/snow in some parts as of 4/4/19. Not bad if you are a black diamond rider. You will get muddy, ENJOY
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Trails in Route

Argos2,592 ft
Pick-n-sledge4,298 ft
Sluicebox1,198 ft
Hardscrabble1,644 ft
Apex1 mile
Magic Mountain1 mile

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Ridelogs
    184
More Stats for Apex Enchanted Forest Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,185 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,185 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,188 ft
  • Grade max
    -33.6%
  • Grade min
    55%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    981 ft
Avg: 1.5 (2 votes)
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Riding The Gut (Magic Mountain) at Apex
Riding The Gut (Magic Mountain) at Apex
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Enchanted Forest & Magic Mountain
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Pick-n-sledge
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Argos
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Magic Mountain
Sep 18, 2022 @ 9:15am
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Hardscrabble
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