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Apex-Enchanted Lollipop

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Length


5.7 Miles 9.2 Kilometers


1,179' 359 m

Ascent

-1,179' -359 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

7,312' 2,229 m

High

6,172' 1,881 m

Low

Shared By Mr Singleton

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

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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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Jan 19, 2019
Joe Martinez
6inches of new snow Used micro spikes 8am - 11 pm
Jan 19, 2019
Mike Amolsch
Snow packed, beautiful day!
Jan 8, 2019
Alyssa Johanson
Icy in shade of enchanted trail. Would be good trail for spring 5.7mi
Jan 6, 2019
Amanda Byrne
Jan 5, 2019
Jake Kulenty
snowy, muddy, brought Tonka and we killed it! 5.7mi
Dec 30, 2018
Matt Culpepper
Nice, easy steady climb up Lena Gulch to Lookout Mtn Rd. 6mi
Dec 16, 2018
Scott EHopkins
5.7mi
Nov 14, 2018
Kyle Trahan
5.7mi

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 41 votes

#1

in Apex Park

#161

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in Apex Park

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in Colorado

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