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

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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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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
Mar 2, 2019
Jesse Sasso
Trail frozen/slick at climb to the road. Took chutes back down instead. 5mi
Feb 2, 2019
Kris Harrison
Sep 29, 2018
Dylan Witte
Sep 25, 2018
Shawn Cobb
Sep 22, 2018
Neiman Porter
Nice, long climb if you start from bottom with rewarding downhill. 14.2mi
Sep 16, 2018
Dylan Witte

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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
Why call this Buckhorn when everyone here calls in Bradbury to acknowledge Doug Bradbury’s contribution to mountain biking in CO? May 1, 2019
Also note that new trail north of chutes is super easy and safe biking. Eventually chutes to be downhill only per open space plans May 1, 2019

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