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A Colorado Springs Classic, challenging climb with a screaming descent.

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7,847' 2,392 m


6,629' 2,020 m


1,263' 385 m


1,277' 389 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (18°)

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E-Bikes Not Allowed


This trail makes you forget that you are just a few miles from a metropolis. Great views and excellent riding.

Crowded with hikers on weekends/holidays. Erosion on the descent has made that section loose and challenging.

Need to Know

Start in Red Rock Canyon for more singletrack and elevation gain, or link it up with High Drive, Captain Jacks, Columbine, Buckhorn and Bear Creek for an epic day of climbing.


Get to the TH by driving south on 26th Street from Hwy 24. Turn right on Gold Camp Rd at the 4-way stop, TH will be on the right in about a mile. If the lot is full there is more parking further up the street, full lot = bad day to chase KOMs.

Start by riding south on Gold Camp Rd, turn right at the intersection to head up High Drive (bike/horse gate on right side). Grunt up High Drive for 3/4 miles and find the new (summer '13) entrance trail on your right (THANKS Medicine Wheel). It is about .1 miles past the old metal entrance gate.

Climb the winding singletrack for 2 miles until you reach a saddle and an intersection. Left takes you 1/3 mile up to private property at Crystal Park Rd. Turn right and catch your breath while you flow along the ridge for a mile to a fantastic viewpoint.

If you borrowed your brother's Huffy, turn around and descend the way you came (watch out for hikers behind blind turns). Otherwise cowboy/cowgirl up, drop your seat, strap on your elbow/knee pads and charge down Section 16 Trail. It is easier to see hikers on this part of the trail, but stay on your toes and control your speed. Stay right at a the 3-way intersection with Intemann Trail (you may not see it if you are still going warp-speed).

Plow through a few short technical sandstone sections and go straight at the 4-way trail intersection. This will drop you down a chossy luge to Gold Camp Rd, where you can turn right and ride .1 mile to your car. You can also turn right at the intersection, but you'll have to deal with hikers and stairs.


Shared By:

Andrew Judkins with improvements by Cthulhu Lovecraft

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Amazing view after a long climb!
Aug 23, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
Casey sending some tech.
Jun 19, 2019 near Manitou…, CO
Some of the fastest sections of trail will have obstacles like this to slow down for and avoid.
Oct 16, 2013 near Manitou…, CO
View east from Palmer Red Rock loop
May 22, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Looking down on Colorado Springs, almost to the top of the loop...
Aug 23, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
Heading up!
Apr 19, 2022 near Manitou…, CO


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Apr 21, 2024
Ken Leake
Jul 1, 2022
Colby S
Line during rain. — 18h 00m
Jun 1, 2021
Justin Greenbaum
Pros - Trail is in good condition. It is soft and loose towards the end of the climb. Definitely recommend doing it clockwise. Super fun trail! 5.4mi
Jul 13, 2020
Abram Ullrich
Section 16 was gnarly sucks there was no flow what so ever
Jul 3, 2020
Daniel Wachter
Jun 8, 2020
Grant Espinosa
17mi — 2h 00m
Apr 1, 2020
Austin Holler
Nov 17, 2019
Kenny P

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