Apex Park Enchanted Forest Trail

MODERATE 478 reviews
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Apex Park Enchanted Forest Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This is a beautiful and popular trail in the Golden, CO area. Be sure to read the sign and map at the trail head because the trail is on an alternating use schedule to accommodate the large number of hikers and bikers. The trail is part of an excellent network of trails in the Apex Park.

7 days ago

My favourite "in the woods" local trail run. Most of it is runnable. Many variations in difficulty and distance. Watch out for bikes and the occasional bear.

This was not really a great hike for me. First the volume of mountain bikers can be pretty annoying. I've been on many trails that share with bikes and are fine. but there are a lot of narrow steep parts on this trail where it can be difficult to get out of the way. And the frequency can be such that you are stepping aside for bikes almost every other minute the entire hike. All of that could be forgivable of the views were there but overall I thought it was just an average trail for views too. The Forrest section is nice but is only a fraction of the overall hike. I greatly prefer Eldorado Canyon or the Table Top trails if looking for something within 30 mins of here. Flat Irons Vista is another great option.

hiking
1 month ago

Ice traction recommended fall through spring. Lots of shade. Moderate hiking and biking traffic. Dog friendly.

trail running
1 month ago

Love the enchanted forest portion:)

1 month ago

it was a little icy a couple days ago.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Great for mountain biking!

trail running
2 months ago

Great for trail run. It's challenging yet still fun. Super workout!! A bit rocky. The enchanted forest is lush and magical.

hiking
3 months ago

I do this hike in Apex Park often. If you follow Apex trail and stay left onto Enchanted Forrest you get to go in the shade and cool off for a bit before you head back down the mountain. Water source for dogs. Have seen lots of Elk. Lots of mountain bikes on Apex and connecting trails, but not too many on Enchanted.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. A bit tight in certain areas so if you bring your dog careful of the mountain bikers zipping through quickly. Great shade in the enchanted forest and nice views.

3 months ago

good hike !

hiking
3 months ago

Was a good moderate hike. Took us about 3 hours to get out and back from the east side apex trailhead to the west side of the park via the enchanted trail, and back again. The first half of the hike was typical foothills terrain with a tiny bit of scrambling and the second part was through a forest with lots of shade. We started on the east side, so the first half was mostly uphill and the way back from the west was mostly downhill. There were signs throughout warning of bear and mountain lion activity, so we were on alert the whole time, but the most ferocious animals we saw were 2 rabbits and a loud bluejay. We started at 7 am so traffic wasn't too bad, a fair amount of trail runners and mountain bikers. Pretty dense plants, so not a lot of scenic places on this trail for photos.

3 months ago

The Enchanted Forrest is beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful. Definitely doing it on a weekday next time.

mountain biking
4 months ago

tight switchbacks on mountain bike. nice climb.

trail running
4 months ago

Great place to trail run. Lots of trails/options to choose from. It is better to go early in the morning before it gets crowded with hikers and mountain bikers.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike! Not too hard. Steady uphill climb with a few rocky scrabbles but definitely doable for the amateur hiker (or out of shape mother with a baby!). I took a star off for the high traffic. Lots of bikers zooming downhill so hikers be sure to go on odd numbered days when bikers are restricted to one way.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing view ! Not too intense perfect to take your kids along !

4 months ago

Hicked this trail from the top side at Lookout Mountain Rd. Apex gultch is gorgeous from the top and one of my favorite areas.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails when you want a nice and conveniently located day hike. Lovely in all seasons and great for taking out-of-town guests on!

hiking
5 months ago

better shade cover than most front range trails & once you reach the enchanted forest the drop in temperature is amazing.

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