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

 4.1 (88)

13.5 Miles 21.7 Kilometers



2,047' 624 m


-2,037' -621 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (10°)

8,235' 2,510 m


6,234' 1,900 m


Shared By The Kraken


All Clear 6 days ago
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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.


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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Jul 20, 2018
Jacob Wilson
With capt jacks. Fun 13.5mi
Jul 15, 2018
Tim Young
Beautiful ride. Parts of the trail are shared with motor cycles and have very loose gravel.
Jul 3, 2018
Brian Kugeler
Jul 1, 2018
Jordan Jeffers
Jun 26, 2018
Bradley Chapman
If you go, bike up the hill as high as possible and go down the chutes if you’re looking for semi-extreme fun. I had a blast going down the chutes. 13.5mi
Jun 23, 2018
Matthew Brown
Jun 12, 2018
Justin Popp
First time on this trial really fun ! 10mi
Jun 5, 2018
Vance Fast
Ride when its damp 19mi

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  4.1 from 88 votes
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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
I should've paid more attenting to the star rating at the top the page vs. the trail rating midway down the page. I got sucked in to the draw and over exaggeration of this trail. So the facts. Im a noob. Been riding for about a year so yes Im not as talented as the rest of you but this loop simply not worth it. The risk/effort vs. reward matrix was not there. The long uphills were not worth the extremely gravelly and somewhat downhill of Captain Jacks. Chutes was a little better and you could flow a bit but if you blink its over. Im all about going fast (as fast as a noob can go) but the gravel and ruts on Captain Jacks will end you if you aren't exact on your line. I chalked it up to a great exercise with some alright views. Just my opinion though. Checked if off the list and it will prob be a one and done for that loop. May 31, 2018

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