Hiking Project Logo

blue Apex-Enchanted Lollipop

  4.1 ( 49 ) Favorite

Trail

5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,179' 359 m
Descent: -1,179' -359 m
High: 7,312' 2,229 m
Low: 6,172' 1,881 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Mr Singleton

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

Mr Singleton

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.

Contacts

Rate This Featured Hike

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Check In

Check-Ins

Jun 15, 2019
Jacob P
May 29, 2019
Charlotte Crawford
May 25, 2019
Chad Haven
Jackie 14 weeks pregnant, chill there and back with Allie. Half in woods, half lots of sun. Nice spot for a run too 5.7mi — 3h 00m
May 18, 2019
Nicole Lapka
5.7mi — 2h 15m
May 11, 2019
Melissa Knesal
5.7mi — 3h 30m
May 4, 2019
Quinton Hoffman
Feb 24, 2019
Jordan Poquette
5.7mi
Jan 19, 2019
Joe Martinez
6inches of new snow Used micro spikes 8am - 11 pm

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 49 votes

#1

in Apex Park

#135

Overall
  4.1 from 49 votes
5 Star
35%
4 Star
45%
3 Star
20%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#1

in Apex Park

#42

in Colorado

#135

Overall
285 Views Last Month
4,045 Since Apr 21, 2017
Intermediate Intermediate

3%
23%
60%
15%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking