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

  4.3 ( 108 ) Favorite


13.5 mile 21.7 kilometer loop
65% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,990' 607 m
Descent: -1,989' -606 m
High: 8,229' 2,508 m
Low: 6,245' 1,904 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)


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Trail shared by The Kraken

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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Jun 22, 2019
Kai Laemoa
Trail is amazing today! 8mi
Jun 4, 2019
Ryan Walsh
a bit sandy in some sections but overall great even after some afternoon rain. 13.5mi — 2h 15m
May 27, 2019
Ryan Keels
May 27, 2019
Dylan Mooney
first time ever doing Capt'n Jacks & Chutes. Googly recommended trail. Decent amount of loose gravel throughout Capt'n Jacks, but enough to maintai… 10.6mi — 2h 11m
May 26, 2019
Paul Gregory
May 26, 2019
Chad Maxedon
6h 05m
Apr 30, 2019
Nate H
Great ride, trail conditions were nearly perfect, took columbine trail down after jacks 15.1mi — 2h 21m
Apr 19, 2019
Josh Wilkert

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