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Mapped by Andrew Matranga
- Distance: 6.4
Location: 39.721851348877, -105.209991455078
From bus stop, hike SE along the shoulder of Heritage Rd.
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
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.
Location: 39.7137908935547, -105.214866638184
Continue W into the sandstone walls of Apex Gulch
Location: 39.7120399475098, -105.219398498535
L @ T into Apex Gulch; follow creek through thick growth and savor this intimate canyon setting
Location: 39.7106323242188, -105.226379394531
Hop over creek and swing NW
Location: 39.7137184143066, -105.230400085449
Turn R and climb the tight switchbacks of the Sluicebox Trail
Location: 39.7174301147461, -105.229698181152
Major climb is over. Hop on Pick N’ Sledge Trail and wrap N around of Indian Mountain
Location: 39.7158279418945, -105.227439880371
Open ridgeline; montane meadows are hot spots for deer and songbirds
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