Pikes Peak APEX 2020 Race Course Trails & Alternatives

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Photo: Bradley Weiss

Impacted Trails


*Click on date/stage for complete course and map information*

Thursday, September 24  (stage 1)

Course Location: Palmer Parkwill be closed until 5pm. The event will extensively utilize the park’s road and trail system.


Friday, September 25  (stage 2)

Impacted parks and trails: Riders will utilize the west side of Garden of the Gods Park, Rampart Range Road, Rainbow Gulch Trail and the perimeter of Rampart Reservoir. There will not be any full road or trail closures, however, racers will be traveling at high speeds in these areas and non-participants should use caution, and if not spectating strongly consider using alternate routes.

In Garden of the Gods Park, flaggers will help enforce a rolling closure from 8-8:30 a.m., stretching from the park entrance at Beckers Lane, near the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, to the intersection of Garden Drive and Rampart Range Road. While this is not a full closure, traffic in and around Balanced Rock will be impacted during this time. Traffic may also be held for short periods on Rampart Range Road throughout the day.

All racing will end by 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 26  (stage 3)

Impacted parks and trails: The race will begin in Bear Creek Regional Park east of 21st Street. There will be rolling closures on 21st Street from 8-8:30 a.m. to allow riders to cross the road. From the park, riders will access Lower and Upper Gold Camp Road, followed by Frosty Park, Jones Park and Upper and Lower Captain Jacks Trails. Uphill traffic on Captain Jacks Trail is not allowed between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Non-participants should use caution, and if not spectating strongly consider avoiding this area during the race. All racing will end by 3 p.m.

Sunday, September 27  (stage 4)

Impacted parks and trails: The race again begins in Bear Creek Regional Park east of 21st Street. There will be rolling closures on 21st Street from 8-8:30 a.m. to allow riders to cross the road. From the park, riders will cross Gold Camp Road to High Drive and also use the Captain Jacks, Spring Creek, Columbine and Buckhead trails. Uphill traffic on Captain Jacks Trail is not allowed between 8 a.m.-noon.

Non-participants should use caution, and if not spectating strongly consider avoiding this area during the race. All racing will end by noon.

This event is made possible in part by $85,000 from the City’s Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART). The sales tax, 2% for lodging and 1% for automobile rentals, is used to attract visitors and enhance the economy of the City and the Pikes Peak Region.

Please exercise mutual trail user respect and consider alternate recreation plans during these days and times.

Alternate Trails


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Thank you to Hiking Bob and the Trails and Open Space Coalition for their suggestions of great places to recreate during the APEX if you want to find an alternative

Thursday, September 24  (stage 1)

Nearby alternative trails:  Ute Valley, Ute Valley-East (Trailhead off S. Rockrimmon Blvd.), Pulpit Rock, High Chapparal Open Space, Sondermann Park, Austin Bluffs Open Space.

Friday, September 25  (stage 2)

Nearby alternative trails:  Green Mountain Falls Trails, Lovell Gulch, Trail 717A (Lower Trout Creek Trailhead off of County Road 25), Catamount Ranch Open Space (end of Edlowe Road), Mueller State Park, Crags Trail, Horsethief Falls, Florissant Fossil Beds NM (no dogs, bikes or horses)

Saturday, September 26  (stage 3)

Nearby alternative trails: Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Intemann Trail, Red Mountain, Iron Mountain, Ute Pass Trail, Barr Trail, Grayback Peak, MacNeil Trail, Swisher Trail, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Lower/Mid/Upper Columbine, Mt Cutler, Mt Muscoco, Stratton  Open Space

Sunday, September 27  (stage 4)

Nearby alternative trails: Lower Columbine, Mt Cutler and Mt Muscoco Trails, all of Stratton Open Space, Chamberlain Trail, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, access to Section 16 from Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Intemann Trail, Red Mountain, Iron Mountain.

Take the Urban Trail Challenge!

Thank you to the Trails and Open Space Coalition for this Urban Trail Challenge -  a great alternative for biking during the APEX. This is a do-it-yourself event!

SEPTEMBER 25TH-27TH

TOSC invites you to come out for a bike ride adventure! You have 3 days to complete as many challenges as you can. Create your own urban trail route or select from thoughtfully curated routes created by TOSC staff. It is going to be Legen-dary!

Learn More Here!

Get Out Spread Out

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Fore more trail information visit Cotrex.com or visit Pikespeakoutdoors.org