Denver, CO: Apex Loop

Downtown and need a post-meeting fix? This heart-pounding 4.3-mile scramble in Apex Park gives new meaning to that old runner's high.

-Mapped by Andrew Matranga

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.9



Location: 39.716259, -105.209503

Warm up during the steady ascent through Apex Gulch, one of the original wagon trails leading up to Central City.


Location: 39.713791, -105.214867

Path climbs and enters gully along cascading creek


Location: 39.712095, -105.219329

Turn L and continue on steadily rising grade of Apex Gulch, lined with a babbling creek providing sweet solace from the gridlock left behind.


Location: 39.713718, -105.2304

Turn R and get ready to crank up the compact switchbacks of the Sluicebox Trail


Location: 39.71743, -105.229698

Major climb is done, hop on Pick N' Sledge Trail and wrap around Lookout Mountain for neck-craning vistas of the Mile High City


Location: 39.713902, -105.222298

Sharp R @ junction with Grubstake Loop Trail to begin exposed, steep switchbacks back down to the Apex Trail; enjoy the panoramic descent above the curlicue spread of Colorado's capitol city; return to WPT 3 and retrace route to car

Trail through Apex Gulch

Location: 39.71143, -105.220345

Singletrack twists along the creeklet lining Apex Gulch. ©Andrew Matranga

Ridgeline Meadow

Location: 39.715828, -105.22744

©Andrew Matranga

View over Denver

Location: 39.713982, -105.222168

Mountain bikers pause for views over Colorado's capitol city before the steep, tight switchbacked descent back to Apex Gulch. ©Andrew Matranga