Guest Trail Review: Friday in Apex Park Enchanted Forest

Guest Trail Review: Friday in Apex Park Enchanted Forest
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Many thanks to Kelly S., one of The Colorado Hiker’s community members, for sending us this trail review of Apex Park near Golden. It sounds like she had a wonderful time in the Enchanted Forest!

Guest Trail Review of Apex Park by Kelly S.

I took Apex to Enchanted Forest up to Lookout Mtn Trail to the Lookout Mtn Nature Preserve. Back down Lookout Mtn trail to Apex to Hardscrabble to Sluicebox to Grubstake to Pick-N-Sledge to Argos and then back to Apex.

Enchanted Forest

In the Enchanted Forest

This route finished with 12 miles. I went and did an additional loop minus the out and back to Lookout Mtn Nature Preserve to bring my totals to 20.65 miles with 5866 feet gain in elevation.

Trail conditions on Friday (July 15) were perfect. What’s great about Apex is the number of interconnected trails. This allows hikers, runners, dogs on leash, bikers (restrictions on odd days) numerous options for varied distances. Trails are very well marked. The trailhead offers maps, great signage, filtered water for filling up your bottles, drinking fountains for you and pets, tools for bike repairs, and a very nice restroom.

Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve

Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve

The 12 miles took us 3+ hrs. We power hiked the uphills and ran the flats and the downs. Stopped for numerous pics along the way too. I would consider the difficulty moderate due to some of the rocky terrain you’ll find along the way and the climbing. This trail is well traveled but the further you get from the main trailhead, the quieter. Apex trail system takes you through areas of open exposure and dense forested areas. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. Snakes are spotted on these trails when the weather is right. Thankfully, we saw none. We did get to see a few deer including a bambi, and several of hawks. Along the Apex trail, there is a little stream. The sound of water is always so pleasant to hike by. The wildflowers are in full bloom right now too. So many blues, purples, whites and yellows throughout the journey! Berry bushes can be found along the stream too.

I love this trail system and would highly recommend to others that need a trail within close proximity to Denver. Get an early start to avoid the heat.

More Photos From Kelly S: Apex Park