Hiking Project Logo

Apex Park

Intermediate
 4.1 (34) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A must-see tour of Apex Park conveniently located just outside of Golden.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

5.4

Miles

8.6

KM

Lollipop

7,201' 2,195 m

High

6,171' 1,881 m

Low

1,205' 367 m

Up

1,199' 366 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This loop rewards you with great views of the surrounding foothills, downtown Golden, and the greater Denver area. Be ready for a steady climb at the beginning and some short rocky sections, but it is well worth the effort!

Description

The hike starts on the Apex Trail which is the main trail connecting many of the Apex Park trails. Start on the east (bottom) off of the Heritage Park parking lot where there is plenty of parking located just outside of downtown Golden. The Apex Trail is a steep ascent in a rugged valley, but as you are only on the trail for a short section before turning onto Argos Trail, just take it as a warmup for the rest of the hike.

Bearing right shortly after the beginning of Apex Trail will bring you to Argos Trail which is a short, easy trail that winds up to its endpoint and intersection with Pick N' Sledge. It is a steady climb, but not steep.

Continue right on Pick N' Sledge which offers a switchback-filled route through the trees. This trail has great views of Golden and the greater Denver area as you ascend, but those views disappear quickly as you get deeper into the park. Overall, it's a great trail; it is a bit rocky, but not so bad that you can't look up and take in the views.

Near the end of Pick N' Sledge, take a right onto Grubstake Loop to continue your tour through Apex Park. This trail provides some easy hiking through open spaces and a few forested areas. There are a series of switchbacks that are just moderate enough for enjoyable running or hiking for those who choose. Enjoy the descent on this trail until it intersects with Pick N' Sledge where you can retrace your steps down Pick N' Sledge, Argos Trail, and Apex Trail back to the trailhead.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 34 votes

#2

in Apex Park

#387

Overall
  4.1 from 34 votes
5 Star
38%
4 Star
41%
3 Star
18%
2 Star
3%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#2

in Apex Park

#80

in Colorado

#387

Overall
106 Views Last Month
7,675 Since Sep 15, 2015
Intermediate

4%
4%
82%
7%
4%
0%

Photos

On this trip I was showing my man child a great hike. Enchanted Forest is awesome.
Apr 4, 2017 near Golden, CO
Sheep atop the hill
Mar 2, 2018 near Golden, CO
Premium singletrack trail!
Sep 11, 2015 near Golden, CO
Views of South Denver early on Pick N' Slege.
Sep 11, 2015 near Golden, CO

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 9 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Mar 7, 2021
Michelle Williams
Nice quick trail close to downtown. Snowy in the shaded parts in early spring. 5.5mi — 2h 02m
Mar 7, 2021
Steve Blix
5.3mi
Feb 20, 2021
Rachel Pierstorff
3.3mi
Feb 13, 2021
Mike Williams
Jan 30, 2021
Ari R.
Nov 5, 2020
Scott Fields
Aug 13, 2020
Edgar Villeda
lots of bikes on singletrack. lots of uphilling, bring poles
Apr 27, 2020
Mike Loftus
6.5mi — 2h 15m