Upper Apex Road

Central City, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
2.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.58 miles
Highest Elevation: 8977 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Central City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Black Hawk
Official Road Name: County Road 3
Management Agency: Gilpin County


Highlight: Upper Apex Road
Upper Apex Road provides an important connection between the roads above Central City which connect to the Yankee Hill network and Apex Valley Road which connects to the 4wd trails around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill. Although you won’t need 4wd on this road it still packs a lot of features into its 2.6 miles. Near the beginning of the road you will pass the well-preserved Boodle Mill, a monument to the rich mining history of the area. Soon after that, you pass by several of the almost one dozen historic cemeteries scattered over the hills above Central City. About halfway down the road, you will find the gorgeous General Chase Gulch Reservoir with picnic tables and a porta-potty. And all along the way, you traverse beautiful pine and aspen forested hill past quaint mountain cottages and picturesque farms.


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1. Upper Apex Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Continue straight ahead up the hill as the pavement ends and Eureka Street becomes Upper Apex Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Central City, Colorado

Take Eureka Street west out of Central City. It will gradually curve around to go northwest. Just past Mack Street and the newer apartments, the pavement ends and Eureka Street becomes Upper Apex Road.


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Bill Andrews

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Bill is an off-road enthusiast with nearly 30 years of 'wheeling experience. At one time he had a streak of about 20 years of 4-wheeling at least once a month. He likes anything from easy, dirt roads to difficult trails but stops short of extreme. Over the years he has traveled over 700 different trails, mostly in Colorado and Utah. He loves finding and exploring new areas and sharing his knowledge with others. He has been the coordinator of Calvary 4-Wheelers for many years.
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