|Start of Apex Trail|
Getting there: The main entrance to Apex Park is near Heritage Square in Golden, at the intersection of Co Hwy 93 and Hwy 40 (Colfax Ave). The intersection is on a curve; make a sharp right turn from Colfax onto 93, and then make an immediate left turn into the parking lot. Click here for a google map to input your personal directions and here for the Jefferson County website.
Specs: The park has a trail map that is well marked, and a pit toilet that is usually in rough shape. The trails at Apex range in difficulty, but most are moderate and rocky causing you to watch your footing.
The Journey: I usually hike alone during the weekdays; so I was glad to have company on this hike, my friend Staci visiting from Virginia was eager to hit up the Colorado. Fortunately, Staci is also an avid photographer and she let me borrow one of her Canons for the trail photos, since mine is in the shop; again.
We started out on the main trail, both of us snapping lots of shots of the blue sky and earthy Colorado foliage, and hiked up the new Argos trail on the front side of the mountain which connects with the Pick n Sledge trail that was part of the original trail system. The Argos trail much less icy than the main Apex trail which is in the valley; although there were several spots that had a lot of ice and mud. The Argos trail provides great views looking to the east, north and south; with views of Denver, Golden, the I-70 corridor, and of Heritage Square below. We reached the trail intersection and continued up the trail a little farther; the higher we hiked, the worse the trail conditions became; but this is typical winter hiking in Colorado, snow, mud and ice.
Sign of trail changes at the park, these were effective March, 2010
A blue bird with a peanut, I don;t know the type of bird, do you?
Rock doggie happy to be hikin'