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An epic ride from high on Pikes Peak to the Ridgeway Trailhead in North Cheyenne Canyon.

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11,825' 3,604 m


6,230' 1,899 m


937' 286 m


6,529' 1,990 m



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Max Grade (36°)

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E-Bikes Not Allowed

Shuttles are subject to the Pike's Peak toll road hours of operation and road conditions.


This route links together several trails in the Colorado Springs area to provide 7,120 feet of descending. This route is best serviced by shuttling up Pikes Peak to the Elk Park Trail. Otherwise, this becomes a MUCH longer ride.

Need to Know

These trails are multi-use. Look out for others, including dirt bikes, horses, and hikers!

Don't expect cell service after you drop into Elk Park until the top of Buckhorn. Pack to self support. The Lake Moraine Trail is isolated. Access for rescue is very difficult. If you plan to utilize the Barr Camp, familiarize yourself with their hours of operation and amenities here.

The trails are often very loose gravel in sections. Fatter tires recommended.


Begin by dropping in on Elk Park from the Elk Park Trail. Navigate this technical trail and its abundant rocks until it intersects the Barr Trail. If open, the Barr Camp can provide a good rest area. Refreshment and bathrooms are available here as well as shelter from storms.

Continue downhill past Barr Camp. Watch out for hikers! Barr Trail can have plenty of uphill traffic. Enjoy some high speed jumps until the right turn onto the Mountain View Trail presents itself. Travel roughly halfway down this trail until you see a turnoff onto the Lake Moraine Trail. Enjoy cruising down the first mile because afterwards, it's all uphill until you hit Jones Park #667.

The next section, Jones Park #667 to Kineo Mountain Trail #667 to Upper Buckhorn #667, provides some fun switchbacks and high speed flow as you hoot and holler your way down. When you reach the top of Buckhorn, get ready for some fun exposed downhill as you blaze towards the classic Captain Jack's.

Jack's is a GREAT trail, although if it has been dry, the gravel can shake up even the expert rider. Riding shortly after a rain can make this section much more confidence-inspiring. After the final bumps, Jack's will send you on your way down Gold Camp Road. Fear not! This is not a long journey before the singletrack resumes down The Chutes. The Chutes is just plain fun! High berms and flow will rocket you out to the Ridgeway parking area.


Shared By:

Cory Eales with improvements by Dan Entmacher and 2 others

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A fall descent of the Pikes Peak Plummet, albeit with a slight modification at the end by going through RRCOS instead.
Oct 7, 2019 near Manitou…, CO
Shredding Cpt. Jacks in the snow
Mar 1, 2019 near Manitou…, CO
A rare view of Pikes Peak from the Elk Park trail.
Sep 18, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
Beautiful climb to 6919 ft of altitude and then a fantastic chutes decent.
Jul 15, 2020 near Colorad…, CO
Top of buckhorn Loop entering the downhill of Capt'n Jacks!
Jul 3, 2014 near Manitou…, CO
A fun day on one of the best rides in Colorado Springs.
Nov 16, 2017 near Colorad…, CO


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Sep 9, 2023
Rob Longshore
Aug 8, 2023
Cory Kwasny
Jul 31, 2022
Dan 60D5H411
With Paul
Jul 19, 2022
Sarah Emilie Boivin
Jul 4, 2022
Austin Holler
26.2mi — 4h 45m
Sep 27, 2021
mengjia Li
Real nice trail! 24mi
Sep 5, 2021
Olivier Blasi
Aug 28, 2021
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