4.7 miles
Distance
1,017 ft
Climb
-1,015 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This is a short route that gives a nice taste of what Apex park can offer.

Just remember there are direction restrictions on odd days in this park and this route is not rideable in either direction on odd days. It is ok to ride this route in either direction on even days though.

Detailed Description
Apex short route is a 5 mile popular expert route located near Golden Colorado. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 1,017 ft with a max elevation of 7,164 ft then descends -1,015 ft.
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23 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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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 6:37)
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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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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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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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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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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PatrickLee (Jan 14, 2020 at 17:35)
Trail Apex Access
Rides like a dream.
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PatrickLee (Jan 14, 2020 at 17:35)
Trail Apex Access
Rides like a dream.
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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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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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Trails in Route

Apex Access866 ft
Magic Mountain610 ft
Argos3,009 ft
Smelter1 mile
Paydirt2,031 ft
Hardscrabble1,834 ft
Magic Mountain1 mile
Apex Access866 ft

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  • Riding area
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    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Bike type
    AM
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More Stats for Apex short route mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,168 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,168 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,171 ft
  • Grade max
    -31.1%
  • Grade min
    44.5%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    509 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Argos
Jan 9, 2023 @ 9:35am
Jan 9, 2023
will be melting Monday & onward
Magic Mountain
Jan 9, 2023 @ 6:31am
Jan 9, 2023
smooth like sidewalk
Hardscrabble
Sep 18, 2022 @ 9:15am
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Paydirt
May 8, 2022 @ 12:33pm
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