SWITCH GEARS Exceptions:
In appropriate snow and ice conditions, Jeffco Open Space will announce if Apex Park is SWITCHING GEARS. SWITCH GEARS conditions lift the downhill only directional designation on Enchanted Forest and Magic Mountain Trails for EVEN calendar date/BIKE ONLY days. All other trail use designations remain in place. Announcements for SWITCH GEARS will be specific for a date/time and will expire based on conditions.
Apex Park provides a popular, accessible foothills experience minutes from downtown Golden. A stream runs alongside a trail in part of the park, and a dense forest provides shady areas on the west end. This park is popular for mountain biking as it offers more technical trails and a steep challenge up Lookout Mountain.
Directional Use - September 10, 2020 to September 10, 2021
A one year management change will go into effect on September 10 to improve safety and reduce visitor conflict. Enchanted Forest, Magic Mountain, Poco Calle, Rocker, Paydirt, and Smelter Trails are directional-use trails. Bicyclists are required to ride in one direction only (downhill/east) on even calendar dates. These designated use trails are also split by visitor types on even and odd calendar dates.
• Even Calendar Dates (2nd, 4th, etc.) = Bikes only, no hikers or equestrians
• Odd Calendar Dates (1st, 3rd, etc.) = Hikers and equestrians only, no bikes
121 County Highway 93
Golden, CO 80401
Managing Trails for Safety at Apex Park
Following more than two years of public and visitor engagement, intense in-park education efforts, and field observations, Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) has developed a plan to improve trail safety and reduce visitor conflict at Apex Park. This final plan was shaped by many visitor and staff perspectives and demonstrates a true spirit of compromise. The new management plan will take effect on September 10, 2020 and be a 1-year trial basis.
Apex Park Management Plan Fact Sheet August 2020 (PDF)
Apex Park Management Announcement June 2020 (PDF)
2020 Apex Park Designated Use Infographic Map (JPG)
2017 Apex Park Trail Management Assessment
Presentation from Community Meeting (PPT Download)
Results from Community Meeting Audience Survey (PDF)
Public Comment Period Results (PDF)