Chutes - Gold Camp Rd - Buckhorn - Captain Jack's

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Trail

13.4 Miles 21.6 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

2,175' 663 m

Ascent

-2,167' -661 m

Descent

8,239' 2,511 m

High

6,232' 1,900 m

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Avg Grade (4°)

17%

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A classic tour of Cheyenne Canyon - a long, scenic climb up followed by a classic downhill.

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One of the rides that makes Colorado Springs a great place to ride. It starts at the edge of town, climbs into the foothills, then descends back down the famous Captain Jack's trail, followed by the Chutes.

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Park at the Ridgeway parking lot, then head up the Chutes to the top at Gold Camp Road. Follow Gold Camp (an old railroad grade) several miles. This road is a very steady climb. It starts out paved at the top of the Chutes trail, then quickly turns to dirt as you head uphill. After another mile or so you'll pass the parking lot at the bottom of Captain Jack's trail, just before entering Tunnel #1. (Off to the left before the tunnel is the Spring Creek trail, which connects to Columbine Trail)

A few more miles and another tunnel later, you'll reach the parking lot at the top of the Cheyenne Canon paved road. Continue through the lot, through the metal gate, and you'll soon reach the bottom of Buckhorn trail. If you make a sharp turn left on the road at the end of the canyon, you've gone too far.

Take the right fork up Buckhorn - after a short, technical climb, the trail makes a sharp right turn to the east and continues uphill. Just keep on climbing until you reach the saddle. Turn right at the saddle, follow the ridgeline and you'll be rewarded with a view of the entire canyon. From here it's a moderately techy run down to High Drive and the start of Captain Jack's trail.

Captain Jack's is wide singletrack, very fast, with just a few short uphill sections. There aren't any intersections to worry about, so let it rip! Turn right, follow Captain Jack's along the ridgeline, then down to cross High Drive.

Continue down Jack's to the bottom, where it exits out onto Gold Camp Road next to tunnel #1. Return home down through the Chutes.

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Started in Stratton OS, rode Chutes, Gold Camp Rd, Columbine, and finished in Stratton OS. 12.2mi — 2h 40m
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There's a pirate trail towards the end of Capn Jacks with some crazy drops and super steep downhill. Definitely worth it for the more ambitious riders. Nov 6, 2016


Not sure how this gets rated as black or even blue/black. It is a more challenging for beginners in some spots but a great downhill learning experience. Great trail. Mar 15, 2017


Probably my favorite ride in the Springs. I'd suggest riding up Chamberlain instead of The Chutes though - far less suicidal. Chamberlain links up with The Chutes and you can avoid folks coming down The Chutes, for the most part. Gold Camp is a slog and typically boring as hell (and also full of vehicle traffic) but worth it to get to Buckhorn and Jacks. Downhill to the car is a blast. Sick views! Apr 15, 2017


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