Enchanted Forest hike near Denver, Colorado
Enchanted Forest hike near Denver, Colorado

Enchanted Forest Trail

Denver
View Photos
First mile of the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoBridge on the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoAspen trees along the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoRiver on the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoCreek crossing on the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoEntrance to the forest on the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoMeadow on the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoApex trail from the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoFall time views of the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, ColoradoStairs on the Enchanted Forest Trail Hike near Denver, Colorado

Enchanted Forest Trail

Distance: 5.8mi
Elevation: 1,348ft
Time: 3-4h

Difficulty Rating:

User Ratings:
9.8 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty

In the Enchanted Forest, the sights, smells and sounds will make you feel like you’re walking through a fairy tale. It’s a great trail to hike with kids if they don’t mind the length of the walk.

Enchanted Forest Trail hike Map

Getting there

From Denver, take I-70 west and exit at Colfax, exit 262. Take a right, heading west on Colfax (also called Highway 40).  Colfax curves around and you’ll turn right into the Heritage Amusement Park entrance and follow the signs to Apex Park to the lower lot. Drive all the way to the north end of the lot and park on the northern side of the fence.

I’ve done this 15 people have done this
I want to do this 57 want to do this route

About

When to do

Year round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Flushing toilets and faucets at trailhead

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Enchanted Forest Trail
Elevation Graph


Route Description for Enchanted Forest Trail

You can hike out and back, in a loop or add on some climbs on the side trails, but the unique part of Apex Park is the Enchanted Forest Trail. This out and back trail follows the creek and then enters a shady forest that entices all the senses to take your imagination for a ride.

From the trailhead, take the stairs up to the west, cross over the bridge and make a left onto Apex Trail.

The first 0.5mi borders the Heritage Amusement Park but then you’ll gradually climb up Apex trail, following the creek and the rising hills to the north. Stay left on Apex Trail at each intersection, following the signs. Watch your footing around the larger rocks and loose gravel.

At 1.5mi, follow the signs, cross over the bridge and you’ll be in the Enchanted Forest. Take a moment to stop, look around and take in the sights, smells and sounds. You wont need your imagination to feel like you’re in another world. The trail winds and rolls through tall trees, making the light and shadows scattered and mysterious.

On the other side, you’ll exit the forest and reach the trail end. You can continue on Apex Trail back to the trailhead for a short-but exposed-hike back or, turn around for the shady confines and experience the Enchanted Forest again.

Check out some other great hikes around Denver:

Insider Hints

  • Take a side trail, like the Argos trail, to add some miles and get beautiful views of Golden, Denver and Green Mountain.

  • Take the family and then visit the Heritage Amusement Park afterwards for fun rides and games!

  • On odd days, bikers are only allowed to go one way, making the trails more enjoyable, and safer, for hiking.

  • There is a filtered water bottle filling station at trailhead, which is a nice touch.

Comments

marysmith 2 years ago

Nice hike! Plenty of big trees with lots of shade.

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
4h 00m Time Taken
rosevalley 2 years ago

The views in Enchanted Forest were magical!

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
4h 00m Time Taken
Tiffany Swift 2 years ago

“Enchanted Forest!” It just fit the authentic views of this trail. You’ll quickly find yourself secluded in a narrow, forested valley along a bubbling stream. That said, I would call this trail tricky, but rewarding.

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
mendel 2 years ago

The whole area was hauntingly beautiful! My only girl told me this is the kind of place where fairy lives!

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Sammy L. 2 years ago

Nice walk through the forest, It was a beautiful day for a hike

9.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Ramiro G. 3 years ago

Lovely walk to take your family to. Popular among locals

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
6 Comments

Similar hikes to the Enchanted Forest Trail hike

Singletree and Mayhoffer Trail Map

Singletree and Mayhoffer Trail

Difficulty:
9.9mi
682ft
3.5-5h

The Singletree and Mayhoffer Trail is a scenic adventure that will guide adventurers through the lush meadowlands that reveal sights…

Hidden Fawn Loop Trail Map

Hidden Fawn Loop Trail

Difficulty:
2.4mi
449ft
1-1.5h

The Hidden Fawn Loop Trail is a lovely meadowland adventure in the Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park. Enjoy sights of…

Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail Map

Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail

Difficulty:
4mi
830ft
2-2.5h

The Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail is a charming adventure near Golden, Colorado that reveals the beauty and diversity…