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-Mapped by Andrew Matranga
- 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
Location: 39.715828, -105.22744
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