MTB Project Logo

blue Jones Park #667

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Trail

5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 258' 79 m
Descent: -1,464' -446 m
High: 10,339' 3,151 m
Low: 9,133' 2,784 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Andrew Judkins

New re-route of the old Jones Park Trail.

Andrew Judkins

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Description

Jones Park isn't easy to get to...but it is certainly worth the effort. Jones is one of the Springs' higher elevation rides (tops out just above 10K') so you'll want to wait until late spring or early summer to ride this on a non-fatbike. It is usually rideable well into the fall.

The trail features sweet berms, tight aspens, rock gardens and phenomenal scenery. It follows the drainage of Bear Creek and finishes at the junction of Upper Buckhorn #667 and Bear Creek Trail #666. Rideing out on Bear Creek Trail #666 to High Drive will relieve you of suffering through the gravel-fest on the ridge, but you'll miss out on a few overlooks that are great options for 'selfies' and the chance to finish the ride with Captain Jack's. USGS Topos will list Jones' as #667.

(Rerouted 2016 from Bear Creek)

Getting to the top is the challenge. You can ride up Jones' as an out-and-back with access via Bear Creek Trail #666 or Upper Buckhorn #667.

You can also access it via Gold Camp Road / Old Stage Road as a shuttle or LONG loop. You'll take Gold Camp Road until you pass the Wye Campground, then ride north on FS Rd 379 to the trailhead for FS Tr 701. 701 will contour the east side of Baldy Peak and drop into Jones at a 3-way intersection. Turn left and climb up the last few hundred feet to maximize the DH experience, or turn right, lower your saddle, and charge down to town.

Other creative and painful ways exist to access Jones Park, but these are the most common. It is also possible to link it up with Elk Park, Captain Jack's and the Chutes to create an epic downhill party that ends with a pint at one of Colorado Springs multiple microbreweries.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

Sep 9, 2018
Cory Eales
Aug 31, 2018
PJ S
Jul 28, 2018
Kaile Vierstra
Aug 31, 2017
Connor Woodruff
Aug 21, 2017
Jon Cross
Aug 12, 2017
Allen Tanner
Jul 29, 2017
Allen Tanner
Mar 28, 2017
nathan bankston

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 16 votes

#3556

Overall
  4.1 from 16 votes
5 Star
56%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
6%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
13%
Rankings

#280

in Colorado

#3,556

Overall
36 Views Last Month
4,864 Since Jul 20, 2015
Intermediate Intermediate

8%
17%
17%
58%
0%
0%
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
I really didn't know what to expect from this trail, but it was GREAT! We shuttled it by parking one car at the Stratton Open Space reservoir, and driving the other to the top, up Old Stage Road. I think the directions here are a little off. We took Old Stage Road for a long time, until we parked at a loooong dirt parking area on the east side of the road. The road is in decent shape, but is washboarded pretty badly in spots. The ride starts off kinda boring, with a forest serice road climb, then some singletrack that predictably contours along some hills with short, fast downs, creek crossings, and then steep, tough uphills. After a few of these you get some long sustained downhill for a long time! A lot of it is just rippin' high speed, but there is one long rocky section that will get your attention. The traction was interesting, mostly peagravel, but after a little bit you adjust to it and it becomes pretty fun! Then, of course, you connect to Capn Jacks, the Chutes, and whatever else. VERY high payoff for a little climbing! Watch out for hikers!! Aug 5, 2015
Can anyone provide info on how to connect this to Elk Park? Feb 24, 2016
This old gray mare ain't what she used to be. Then she was beatten and starved. This used to be the quintescence of Colorado trail riding. Like it was the Colorado srings front range version of Doctor Park. Buuut that was "fixed". The rerout is nothing more than another IMBA bm. At first at least it was a fast peice of doulbe track that flowed perfectly into the new parts of buckhorn. Buuut the powers that be put about 12+ 600lb boulders to hurt people with in all the worst places for riding. Now its MTB OTB with a lil broke bike or just a lame ride compared to ye old flowing beauty. Feb 9, 2018

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter