Explore the most popular trail running trails in Apex Open Space Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hiking spot not too far away from denver. Good views. Hiked almost every trail in one day. Not too difficult of a
hike, mostly moderate. lots of mountain bikers but still fun!

It is a real life enchanted forest... so beautiful! And was great being that it is so close to the city. I would definitely go again. The parking lot it took me to was the amusement park lot but the lot for apex trail is right next to the amusement park.

This trail is our go to for escaping the city during the week. It’s very easy but always leaves you feeling worked after. A must hike if you’re looking for a trail close to the city. Cheers!

Very little traffic on a Monday lunchtime. Really nice, steady hike. A couple of snakes by the trail but no hassles.

Love this trail! Great hike near Denver. The Enchanted Forest section puts you in dense forest. Saw a herd of Elk resting in a meadow above the trail last week. This is one trail I do every year as soon it’s warm enough.

Beautiful day- wildflowers, hummingbirds and water rushing in the streams. Perfect temperature!

Went Mid day mid week and lots of Mountain bikers.
The enchanted forest is gorgeous but if you go Mid day it’s pretty warm on the APEX trail getting there.

The directions took me to a nearby school.

Great, pretty easy trail close in to the city. It was pretty heavy with mountain bikers, but everyone was polite! The Enchanted Forest Trail was absolutely lovely and a pleasant surprise and reprieve from the sun! Overall a great way to spend a Sunday.

The Get Directions link took me to the school nearby, not the trailhead.

Took my dogs up here for the first time today and it was wonderful!! Very beautiful place, very busy and full of people, but will absolutely be going back soon.

So...that’s a a stream not a river FYI...but this hike is great for the first of the spring...will be my go to if I wake up too late for longer drives.

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Did a slightly different loop, taking the Apex trail up to the Grubstake Loop switchbacks then back down the Pick N Sledge trail--the beginning is a little more exposed than I usually like but a beautiful after work quick hike! Nice variety of trees, views, rocks, & elevation gain. Pretty muddy but not bad as of 4/25.

Great trail run today- a bit muddy through the forest

Average at best. It’s more a biking trail than hiking trail. So you have to step aside for bikers a lot. Also not ideal for dogs for the same reason. The enchanted forest part of the hike was very pleasant and peaceful. But apex trial is completely exposed to the elements. Also definitely not 5miles. The trail shown is around 3miles

When it is windy, this is the best place to hike. My favorite go to hike. There is also a trail head a Pocco Calle and better parking than on the busy road!

Really good work out. Went 4/10/18 on an even day so bikers were kinda taking over lol but everyone is very respectful about sharing the trail. Still a bit muddy on the Enchanted Forrest side but not majorly. Giving it 4 stars because it doesn’t necessarily have a rewarding view or summit...but it’s a nice trail overall. Well marked.

Great longer hike. We went on a cooler day which was a blessing seeing as there wasn’t much shade further east on the trail. The wind kept us nice and cool, and the elevation gain was slow but challenging.

Go on this hike in cooler days for sure if you have a tendency to get to hot.

We went on a odd day, which allows but biker traffic both ways down the trail. It got a little congested at times, and sometimes was a little annoying stopping every 5-20 min to allow bikers to pass.

However, the scenery was beautiful and relaxing.

Great little hike with good views of Golden and Denver.

Hiked 3/22, loved the forested part on the north end of the grub loop, but was still snowy! Was slipping and sliding for most of that 0.8 mile stretch, luckily had tractionwear. Potentially avoidable by taking the bonanza cut-through.

We did this trail 3/11 and it was awesome! Some icy spots but easily navigable without spikes or traxs.

Very snowy and scenic! We managed with walking shoes poles but if there was much more snow would have needed snow shoes. It’s deceptively downhill at the start, so quite a work out coming back up! ( we decided to double back rather then go through the woods as they were in the shade and likely cold ). Overall a great work out for a few hours, saw deer and enjoyed the gorgeous space!

Nice hike through a beautiful forest to hang our hammocks. Lots of water sources.

Fun trial close to Denver. Crowded but if you go early it make for a great hike

It’s a beautiful trail and part of a large network of trails that offer endless possibilities for ur hike. When I went about 2 weeks ago, the trail through the forest was extremely icy in the shade. I wouldn’t recommend trying that part of the trail without yak tracks or micro spikes. I actually had a decent fall off the side of the trail which I would not recommend, lol.

Great views of the city. Super muddy for the pups, but a good time!

Fitbit told me I hiked 6.83 miles, so definitely longer than 5.5. Beautiful hike but would highly recommend hiking boots (not tennis shoes) for this time of year. Slippery snow, ice, and mud, but worth it!!

Nice hike, not bad even with snow covered trail...slushy and muddy in certain areas so wear appropriate foot wear if you are hiking any time soon.

Icy in the beginning and very muddy if you bring the pups!

Loved the variation of the hike between the beautiful forest and the views of town. Highly recommend. The weather was mild but be warned of the icy patches throughout the hike, especially in the woods. We wore microspikes and were glad to have them, even if they were annoying to take on and off between the icy and dry trail areas. Would recommend bringing some type of traction device and a layer as you transition between sunny/exposed and shaded/trees.

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