7.5 miles
Distance
1,628 ft
Climb
-1,625 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Technical climb followed by excellent downhill on enchanted forest and apex trail. Subject to direction restrictions. This route should only be done on even number days.

Detailed Description
Apex Park Tour is a 8 mile popular expert route located near Golden Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 1,628 ft with a max elevation of 7,328 ft then descends -1,625 ft.
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41 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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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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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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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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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 6:41)
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 6:41)
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 6:37)
Trail Hardscrabble
Great little trail - I rode it going downhill and it was a blast.
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chuckmallott (Aug 5, 2022 at 6:36)
First part is really nice through the wood ... the 2 punchy climbs were completely unwelcome to me as I had just spent 2 hours climbing to get up there. Was expecting this to be all downhill. Smile (my fault) The second part is lots of rock garden, but still fun.
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Pkfire (Jul 14, 2022 at 21:40)
Vmeh
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Pkfire (Jul 14, 2022 at 21:40)
Vmeh
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Pkfire (Jul 14, 2022 at 21:40)
Vmeh
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Pkfire (Jul 14, 2022 at 21:39)
Very overrated.
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gregs22 (Dec 17, 2021 at 10:49)
One of the best trails in Golden but also one of the most popular. A rollercoaster ride through the trees with roots, rocks and berms. This trail basically has it all. It's borderline black not because the descending is especially hard or technical (there are a couple spots of chunk) but there are a couple of super punchy climbs with roots/rocks that you will probably be in the wrong gear for. This trail stays snowy/icy/muddy longer than most so check ahead.
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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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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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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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gregs22 (Oct 18, 2021 at 8:06)
Borderline black trail as the switchback section is similar to Sluicebox. Best direction is Clockwise (West to East) since the switchback section is a fun descent and would be very difficult to climb. Typically less crowded than the other trails at Apex but still fun!
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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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provin1327 (Aug 3, 2021 at 11:55)
Trail Smelter
I thought this in conjunction with climbing Argos would be a great suspension testing track but I was wrong. This trail is overgrown, narrow, and filled with sharp pointy rocks. It has no flow, felt awkward, and dumps you out on a flat part of Magic Mountain, basically at the end. Not great.
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srstudent (Sep 15, 2020 at 20:28)
The management plan has changed and needs to be updated. This trail is downhill only, bike only on even calendar days and *no bikes uphill or downhill* on odd now.
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provin1327 (Sep 16, 2020 at 10:16)
An updated description with details about the new management plan has been submitted and is awaiting approval.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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trentpaulk (Sep 4, 2019 at 11:44)
A blue trail with one section that’s maybe kinda black-ish. Also, what NorCalNomad said below.
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NorCalNomad (Aug 17, 2019 at 10:06)
Even though you CAN ride uphill on all days, this trail sucks to ride uphill on. And on even days you’re kinda blowing it for everyone who wants to go downhill.
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NorCalNomad (Aug 17, 2019 at 10:03)
More fun to ride clockwise
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Jheub (Jun 22, 2019 at 11:47)
Pretty muddy, wet, lots of puddles. The rain last night/this morning did a number on it.
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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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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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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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jfsport73 (Jun 29, 2017 at 11:33)
Cant go donw on odds day!!
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Apex Park Tour mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,210 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,210 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,214 ft
  • Grade max
    -47.6%
  • Grade min
    55%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,070 ft
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