Apex Trail/Enchanted Forest Trail

Denver, Colorado 80225

Apex Trail/Enchanted Forest Trail

Apex Trail/Enchanted Forest Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"It’s steep. It’s close to the metro area. Bikers love it on weekends. Yet it has a tumbling creek and an enchanting and shady side trail your pet will love. Apex Trail is an early spring conditioning climb; hiking this trail early in the season will test your and your dog’s stamina for a climb in the high country when the snow finally melts.

The main trail is gravelly and narrow so this is also a good place to toughen your dog’s paws or to determine if your dog likes this type of rugged hiking. Apex Trail is best attempted on a eekday, and an early start gets you up the trail before bikers arrive."

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8/20/2018
I hiked this trail on an even day and started low and hiked high. Did not see many bikers, but watch out when you do they are going down fast. I would recommend hiking on even days.
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4/26/2010
Great warm up trail for you and your pet for the beginning of the season. Bikers are allowed on the trail on odd number days and there is a lot of traffic then so I would advise going on an even number day if your going to bring fido along.
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8/1/2009
I'd echo the previous reviews. Well maintained trail and a great conditioning hike close to the metro area, but lots of bikers and we spent a lot of time dodging them. Also, there's poison ivy, so watch out.
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6/7/2007
Very well-maintained, pretty trail. Great for the dog! However, there was lots of traffic and lots of mountain bikers, which makes for a lot of dodging with the doggie. Also, we saw several rattlesnakes adjacent to the trail in the grass... stay on the trail and watch out for them.
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6/2/2007
Beautiful trail and great with my dog. There were lots of mountain biker's though, so at times it got a little crowded. Would definitely recommend going mid-week.
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Trail Information

Denver
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.7
Distance
1,350 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
4 hours
Duration
Best April to May; September to October
Season
6,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,550 feet
Top Elevation
Jefferson County Open Space
Local Contacts
USGS Morrison; Trails Illustrated Boulder, Golden
Local Maps

Trail Log