Upper Apex Road

3.2/5 (9 reviews)
Central City, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 08/06/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

3.2/5 (9 reviews)
Rory
1500
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 10/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Nothing crazy at all, mainly a way to get onto other trails.
Bill Andrews
Official Crew
39750
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/06/2022

We finished our excursion in the Dakota Hill area early so, since I had a little time, I decided to take the long way out and traverse some of the county roads above Central City. Upper Apex Road is graded gravel and not really 4-wheeling but I love it because it is so pretty. It also provides an important connection between Yankee Hill and Dakota Hill. The road was clear, dry and smooth and, in the beautiful weather, I was able to enjoy the lovely farms and estates along the way. I did not stop at the cemeteries today but have in the past and they are very interesting.
Trail Review: Upper Apex Road - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: Upper Apex Road - Bill Andrews
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Brad D.
15150
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice easy drive, great little lake for kayaking or similar. No issues on the road today.
Bill Andrews
Official Crew
39750
Status: Open
Visited: 12/27/2020

Although the road is plowed and stays open all year, snow-packed icy or drifted conditions may occur. Be prepared for winter driving.
Status: Open
Visited: 12/12/2020

This is a nice road to drive and you get some nice views of the mountains. It's a nice connection out of Central City to get to the NF on Apex Road. It is icy in the winter and there are some blind corners to be aware of with oncoming traffic, but this isn't challenging at all.

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