“This is one of the best hikes on the Front Range.”
— Mr Singleton
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
This is the classic Apex Loop. Hikers will start out with a steady climbn that leads to the Enchanted Forest
. You'll swear you are in the Appalachia on this portion of the hike as it rolls through a dense forest.
From the parking lot head west on the Apex Trail
. The Apex Trail
is a steep ascent. It's steep enough to get your heart rate up, and characteristics like water bars and large rocks keep it interesting. The way back is similar and can be hard on the knees. You'll be encompassed in a rugged valley for most of the duration of the trail.
At junction of Apex Trail
and Enchanted Forest
continue on the Apex Trail
for the loop. At the next junction, turn southwest into the Enchanted Forest
and follow this trail until it rejoins the Apex Trail
and heads east back to the parking lot.
is a great alternative to the upper section of the Apex Trail
and enables the creation of a loop at the top of Apex Park
. Aptly named, the trail follows tight and twisty singletrack through dense forest (by Colorado standards), lending it a different mood from other trails at Apex. The lush, dense forest that Enchanted Forest
runs through can look more like the Pacific Northwest than the Colorado Front Range.