Denver: Apex Park Loop

Just a short bus ride from downtown, this 5.1-mile dayhike climbs loops around the panoramic ridgelines of Indian Mountain.
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Just a short bus ride from downtown, this 5.1-mile dayhike climbs loops around the panoramic ridgelines of Indian Mountain.

Mapped by Andrew Matranga

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.4

Waypoints

ASL001

Location: 39.721851348877, -105.209991455078

From bus stop, hike SE along the shoulder of Heritage Rd.

ASL002

Location: 39.7177047729492, -105.208122253418

Turn R from street; cross N end of Heritage Square parking lot. Look for Apex Trail sign in break between trees

ASL003

Location: 39.7162590026856, -105.209503173828

From Apex Park sign, go L. Turn L @ next intersection onto Apex Trail, once a wagon road to Central City's gold mines (1860-1880). You'll gain 1,000 ft. in the next 2 mi.

ASL004

Location: 39.7137908935547, -105.214866638184

Continue W into the sandstone walls of Apex Gulch

ASL005

Location: 39.7120399475098, -105.219398498535

L @ T into Apex Gulch; follow creek through thick growth and savor this intimate canyon setting

ASL006

Location: 39.7106323242188, -105.226379394531

Hop over creek and swing NW

ASL007

Location: 39.7137184143066, -105.230400085449

Turn R and climb the tight switchbacks of the Sluicebox Trail

ASL008

Location: 39.7174301147461, -105.229698181152

Major climb is over. Hop on Pick N' Sledge Trail and wrap N around of Indian Mountain

ASL009

Location: 39.7158279418945, -105.227439880371

Open ridgeline; montane meadows are hot spots for deer and songbirds

ASL010

Location: 39.7139015197754, -105.222297668457

Sharp R @ T with Grubstake Loop Trail to begin exposed, steep switchback back to Apex Trail; views stretch from Golden to Denver's Qwest Tower. Close loop @ WPT 5 and backtrack to bus stop