Apex Valley Road

3.5/5 (22 reviews)
Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 08/06/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Apex Valley Road is an easy, pleasant drive up a beautiful mountain valley past quaint summer cottages and picturesque year-round residences. This road provides access to several more difficult trails and is one of the main entry points into the extensive network of 4x4 trails around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill. Along the way it passes through the middle of the ghost town of Apex, giving you a glimpse into the rich mining history of the area. Above Apex the road becomes rougher and more rugged as it rises out of the valley up the side of Dakota Hill. The switchbacks along this portion of the trail offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains to the south and west. This trail can be an easy, scenic outing or the beginning of a longer adventure on the many connecting trails.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

3.5/5 (22 reviews)
Rory
1500
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Cool little road, nothing too special!
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 10/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Joined the trail coming from Elk Park Road, made a left towards the end of the trail and went up and down Dakota Hill, great views and a few nice campsites. It gets much rockier after waypoint 9, however waypoints 1-8 is a smooth, 2-wide dirt road. Aired back up somewhere around waypoint 2 before rejoining the main road. I'll rate the trail spot-on since I do believe after waypoint 9 is a 2-2 difficulty, however the first part is definitely a 1-1.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/08/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Wide, relatively smooth, easy drive
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Used Apex Valley Rd as the start of a casual solo backroads run starting midday on a Sunday. Hadn't been on this road in a few years and it's about the same: a maintained rocky dirt road. Encountered a handful of vehicles (residents and recreational.) Any average passenger vehicle could navigate here with the biggest concern being the occasional jutting rock or minor drainage rut that may develop between fall and early summer. Personally, I think the 2 rating is fair since it's not just a simple dirt road but calling it a 1.5 (if that were possible) would probably be more accurate. There's a few spots wide enough for a handful of vehicles to air down up to about the pull off for Mosquito Creek Rd, and you'll *definitely* want to air down for that trail and Elk Park Road, which are both very rocky.
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It is wide, it is bumpy. No issues with clearance on stock 4x4. Some nicer views on the north side.

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