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Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Vicky Gits

Enjoying the view at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Vicky Gits

Pick N Sledge Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto

Deer at Apex Park. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Trail in winter at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Trailhead (Lookout Mountain Road) at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

View over foothills and Denver from Apex Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Apex Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Apex Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Intersection of Apex Trail & Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

One way biking on Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space.

Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park.

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Location Map:

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Apex Park MapApex Park Map (Jeffco Open Space)

Access & Parking:

Apex Parking (East Trailhead): 121 Heritage Rd, Golden, CO

West Trailhead: 116 Lookout Mountain Rd, Golden, CO

Acreage:

700 Acres

Park Hours:

Open one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Activities:

Hiking Hiking

Horseback Riding Horseback Riding

Mountain Biking Mountain Biking

Picnic Tables Picnicking

Wildlife Viewing Wildlife Viewing

Amenities:

Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Interpretive Signage, Access Point (without public parking), Parking

Elevation:

Approx. 6200 ft. - 7200 ft.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space. USGS Contour Map.

Life Zone(s):

Foothills Zone

Weather forecast for Golden, Colorado:

Click for the latest Golden weather forecast.

Park Rules:

Dogs must be on a leash & under your control at all times; pick up after your pet & dispose of pet waste properly.

Wildflowers & other natural resources may not be collected.

Wildlife should be viewed from a safe distance.

Read: Open Space Parks Regulations / Reglamentaciones (en Español) or search topics at Jeffco Open Space.

Trails:

Total: 9.6 miles of trails

Hiking Dogs On-Leash Mountain Biking Horseback Riding

Trail Rules: Multi-Use Trails. Several trails open to one-way mountain biking on odd-numbered days.

Trail Descriptions: Apex Park Trail Profiles

Trail Comments: Steep grades.

Trail Ratings:

Trail Rating Legend

Trail Rating - Most DifficultApex Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultArgos Trail

Trail Rating - Most DifficultEnchanted Forest Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultGrubstake Loop Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultHard Scrabble Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultPick N Sledge Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultPoco Calle Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultSluice Box Trail

See also: JCOS Trail Difficulty Ratings

Trail Etiquette: Be aware & expect other trail users. Use a friendly greeting to gain attention when passing. Pass on the left. Yield to traffic traveling uphill when possible. Step off the trail when you are on your cell phone. Read the JCOS guide: Trail Etiquette

Trail Connections to other Parks:

Apex Trail provides a direct connection to the Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve at its intersection with Lookout Mountain Road:

Features:

Foothills.

Intermittent Stream.

Mountain Mahogany.

Protected Butterfly Habitat.

Wildlife:

Swainson's Hawk - BLM Photo, public domain
Swainson's Hawk

Deer

Elk

Bear

Mountain Lion

Rattlesnakes

Scenic Views:

Grubstake Loop Trail

Trailhead (Lookout Mountain Road) Click to see more photos of Apex Park.

Apex Trail Click to see more photos of Apex Park.

Enchanted Forest Trail Click to see more photos of Apex Park.

Apex Park in 2014 Click to see more photos of Apex Park.

Apex Park in 2011 Click to see more photos of Apex Park.

Photos:

Trailhead (Lookout Mountain Road) at Apex Park

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Apex Trail at Apex Park

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Enchanted Forest Trail at Apex Park

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Photo(s) contributed by Rachel Powell (July 2016)

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Apex Park in 2014

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Photo(s) contributed by Vicky Gits (June 2014)

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Apex Park in 2011

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Winter hoarfrost on trail at Apex. (click to enlarge).

Photo(s) contributed by Dan Shier (March 2011)

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Mountain bike ride at Apex, Denver Colorado. Up main trail to the top, then down Pick and Sledge. Published on June 29, 2015 by Derrick Nedzel.

Click to see photos of Apex Park at Jefferson County Open Space on Flickr

See photos of Apex Park Jefferson County Open Space on FlickrApex Park (Jefferson County Photo Album

YouTubeApex Park, Golden Colorado (YouTube)

History:

The land that comprises the 700 Acres of Apex Park was acquired by Jefferson County Open Space through a donation and several land purchases made since in 1974.

Park Acquisition

Acreage

Year

Action

Funding/Grant

Apex Park/Trail

400

1974

Acquisition


Links:

To ensure that you have the most current & accurate information regarding park closures, changes to rules & regulations, or any other changes to the parks or park systems call or visit Jefferson County Parks & Open Space online:

Apex Park (at jeffco.us)

Jefferson County Open Space: 303.271.5925

Trails Hotline: 303.271.5975

Comments or suggestions for Jefferson County Open Space Staff? Submit them online through the Jeffco Open Space: Contact Form

Jefferson County website: jeffco.us

Follow JCOS on Twitter

Park News:

Apex Park Fully Reopens - All trails open to the public following flood recovery efforts

November 24, 2014

Apex Park fully reopened on Monday, Nov. 24 for the first time since the devastating floods of September 2013. Jeffco Open Space staff installed several bridges and abutments last week on lower Apex Trail, which was the only remaining area closed. To maximize efficiency and effectiveness, a helicopter was used to deliver the staff-built bridge decks to the park for final assembly and installation. Visitors can now ... read the full news alert from Tim Sandsmark, Lookout Region Supervisor, Jeffco Open Space

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Apex Park Update - Work Progresses on the New Trailhead

November 10, 2014

You may have noticed the flurry of activity happening at Apex Park. The large dirt mound from excavation and grading is now gone as work progresses on the new trailhead area. In addition, much work has occurred on the closed portion of the lower Apex Trail. ... read the full news alert from Tim Sandsmark, Lookout Region Supervisor, Jeffco Open Space

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All trails except lower section of Apex Trail now Open

June 2014

Trail use is multi-directional for all user groups until all trail sections have reopened in the fall. All trails except lower section of Apex Trail now open. See the current map and more information about the flood recovery effort: Apex Park

Apex Park Flood Damage: A Walking Tour (Video)

November 18, 2013

This video is a first-hand look at the damage on Sluicebox and Apex Trail. Apex Park is closed until later in 2014, after restoration plans can be finalized and trail restoration completed. Jeffco Open Space appreciates your respect for the closure.

Published by: Jefferson County Open Space

Apex Park Requires Rebuilding and Opening Date is Undetermined (Video)

October 7, 2013

Extensive flood damage at Apex Park will require heavy equipment and thousands of hours of labor to make the trail system safe and sustainable, as determined by a comprehensive damage assessment. The Jeffco Open Space Park in the Golden area will remain closed until later in 2014 to allow for long-term solutions that include rerouting and rebuilding trails.

Published by: Jefferson County Open Space

Apex Park Trailhead

May 2013

Apex Park sees approximately 50,000 visitors each year, with a high percentage of mountain bikers. The lower trailhead has had few improvements in the near 40-year life of the park. This is about to change in 2013. This summer Open Space will be connecting into the Golden water main that serves Heritage Square. Plans are to do some grading to improve the drainage, especially where the trail intersects Golden's Kinney Run Trail; construct a permanent restroom connected to the Martin Marietta Materials sewer line; add three handicapped-accessible parking spaces; construct a new Park Information Kiosk; provide water to a drinking fountain as well as a bottle filler and a pet bowl; extend the concrete Kinney Run Trail to the restroom; and formalize the park entrance with a ranch gate cap and define the parking area boundary. Adding a Mountain Bike Skills Trail also has been proposed; it has received significant support at the community meetings.

Read more about the Apex Park Trailhead Project »

Apex Trailhead Project (Video)

April 2, 2013

The Apex Park Trailhead Project in 2013 is focused on the lower trailhead area near Heritage Square. Jefferson County Open Space is seeking public input through April 17, 2013 at apexpark@jeffco.us. The goals are to improve grading to manage drainage and reduce erosion; formalize the trailhead to include construction of a permanent, flush restroom to replace the existing port-a-let; provide drinking water for people and pets; establish property boundaries and sense of arrival with signage and parking organization; and collaborate with City of Golden to extend the Kinney Run Trail to the new restroom.

Published by: Jefferson County Open Space

Apex Park Management Plan changed to reduce biker-biker and biker-hiker conflicts

2009

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