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

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13.4 Miles 21.6 Kilometers



2,175' 663 m


-2,167' -661 m


8,239' 2,511 m


6,232' 1,900 m



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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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Allen Tanner
Dec 28, 2016
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Nov 26, 2016
Matt Broadbent
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Cara Hubbell
Started in Stratton OS, rode Chutes, Gold Camp Rd, Columbine, and finished in Stratton OS. 12.2mi — 2h 40m
Nov 13, 2016
Sam Lynch
Nov 5, 2016
Cory Webb
Awesome ride. The first and last part of the ascent is tough. The view from the top and the ride down is worth it though. 14.6mi
Oct 26, 2016
Devin Hirning
So much fun. Constant uphill followe d by down, down, down. 15.5mi
Oct 11, 2016
Rob Urban

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Minor Issues 13 hours ago
Descending Buckhorn is an icy death-trap. The snow on north Jacks isn't deep. Great riding.
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Climb up Chamberlain instead of the Chutes. It connects to the chutes near the top and reduces traffic on the Chutes so we can all have more fun going down. Mar 28, 2015

The uphill definitely sucks, but it's worth it for the downhill. Captain Jacks was a bit gravelly, very fun though. I liked downhill on Chutes, very fast and flowy. Overall pretty solid! Sep 25, 2015

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

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