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Apex-Enchanted Lollipop

Intermediate
 4.3 (64) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is one of the best hikes on the Front Range.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

Loop

7,312' 2,229 m

High

6,172' 1,881 m

Low

1,179' 359 m

Up

1,179' 359 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Enchanted Forest 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.

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Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 63 votes

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in Apex Park

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Photos

Looking back down the Apex trial after crossing  one of the bridges.
May 23, 2015 near Golden, CO
Snow covered trail leading into the Enchanted Forest area.
Mar 2, 2018 near Golden, CO
Apex Trail looking north
Jul 16, 2019 near Golden, CO
After the break off from Apex- heading up into the forest
Mar 31, 2015 near Golden, CO
Going up the Apex Trail.
May 23, 2015 near Golden, CO
After the break off point from Apex- heading into the forest
Mar 31, 2015 near Golden, CO

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Aug 8, 2020
Paige Schavey
really nice undulating, rocky trail with some stream crossings and forested areas 6.6mi — 3h 05m
Jul 27, 2020
Kenny Del Prete
First hike. 5.7mi — 2h 50m
Jul 11, 2020
Dmitry S
Jul 7, 2020
Veronica Culhane
May 31, 2020
Ross Therrien
May 22, 2020
Kristy McElhattan
Apr 11, 2020
Nick Barendregt
Nice quick hike with Rachel. Good variety of scenery and good conditions. Pretty busy and narrow trails; hard to maintain social distancing. 5.7mi — 2h 04m
Mar 28, 2020
Jesse Krank