HWP: Evening Hike ~ Apex Park, Enchanted Forest (THU 16 MAY) [BEGINNER-FIT]

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ABOUT US: We are a community of queer (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) and straight hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. All adventurers of good cheer are welcome!

TRIP DIFFICULTY: [beginner-fit] | PACE: (steady)

NOTE: This 5.15 pm hike starts too early for some. As we move into summer with a later sunset, we'll post hikes that start after 6.00 pm.

ABOUT THIS TRIP:

The first half of the hike is all up hill. Apex Park is full to the brim with historical value. The Apex and Gregory Wagon Road was carved through Apex Gulch and was one of the primary early routes to the gold camps of Central City. Apex City, where tolls were collected to travel the Road, was located at the bottom of Apex Gulch near the present location of the Heritage Square Shopping Center. The forest is enchanting.

Trip Details

WHERE: Apex Park

WHAT: day hiking

CLOSEST TOWN: Golden, CO

LENGTH: 6 miles, lollipop loop

MAP: https://caltopo.com/m/JE7H

ELEVATION CHANGE: 1600 feet up, 1600 feet down

CROWDS: expect to share the trail; including mountain bikers

FITNESS LEVEL: [beginner-fit] | PACE [fast]

You should be in above average shape and comfortable hiking steep sections. We will stick together, as a group or as subgroups of the larger group, and always communicate with other members of the group. We stop at every trail junction and wait for the group. We avoid hiking alone. We will never leave you behind.

Travel Details:

TRAILHEAD TIME: 5.15 pm

TRAILS: Trailhead > Apex > Hardscrabble > Pick N' Sledge > Argos > Apex > Trailhead

CARPOOL LOT: NONE, meet at the trailhead

Use the comments if you want to carpool with hikers in your neighborhood

CARPOOL TIME: NONE

ESTIMATED RETURN TO TRAILHEAD: 7.30 - 7.45 pm

Directions to Trailhead:

Apex Trailhead
121 County Highway 93
Golden, CO 80401

OR put this code into Google Maps Search box: "PQ8R+G3 Golden, Colorado"

Websites:

https://www.jeffco.us/1190/Apex-Park

YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION (REQUIRED)

FIRST TIMERS:

If this is your first meetup with Hiking With Pride, RSVP and then complete the short form following the link below. Organizers need to keep your emergency contact's information on file in case of an accident or other emergency.

http://goo.gl/WpR3GV

RETURNING MEMBERS: If your contact information has changed, please email your organizer.

DISCLAIMER: Your safety is your choice. Part of the fun in a group is learning new things about the outdoors. We share stories, tips and happily share our knowledge of gear and trails with others. Though we care about your well being is true, your personal safety is 100% your responsibility on a trip. The trip organizer provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and has no responsibility or liability for the safety of participants.

RSVP CODE: You change your mind. No problem. Update your RSVP, including if you are on the wait list, to no at least twelve hours before the event. Otherwise you'll have a no show. After three no shows, you must wait 90 days to participate in the group again.

*TRIP DIFFICULTY EXPLAINED: http://bit.ly/2Dj8pJk

EXPERIENCE
beginner: established trails, few steep sections, 3-5 miles intermediate: usually on established trails, some steep sections. 5-10 miles
advanced: often off trail, many steep sections, 10+ miles

FITNESS LEVEL
average: you are a casual hiker, you probably don't work out
fit: you are an avid hiker, you try to stay in shape
athletic: you want to feel the burn, you can run up the mountain

PACE
mellow: this is a very social hike (1 mph)
steady: still time to chat on the trail, but not when we are going up hill (2 mph)
fast: go go go, chatting only during breaks (>2 mph)

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