Apex Valley Road

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3.3/5 (31 reviews)
Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 07/21/2023
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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.

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3.3/5 (31)
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2200
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Visited: 09/23/2023

Ran from 3 to 7, trail is as described.
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Used this as an exit after Pickle Gulch and Dakota Hill. Super chill road that’s practically paved on sections. Great connector to the network of trails but not very interesting itself.
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Rated 2/5
Visited: 07/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy road to give you access to others. Watch your speed leaving town as there are residences throughout. It was in pretty good shape overall with random small potholes.
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Rated 2/5
Visited: 07/21/2023

We used Apex as an exit from the vicinity after driving several other more difficult trails. Easy and mostly smooth.
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Visited: 07/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Snowd totally gone. Completely passable.

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