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Pike's Peak Plummet

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 4.9 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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25.4

Miles

40.9

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Singletrack

11,827' 3,605 m

High

6,235' 1,900 m

Low

1,163' 354 m

Up

6,754' 2,059 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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

Overview

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 Trailhead. 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.

Description

Begin by dropping in on Elk Park from the Elk Park Trailhead. 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.

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Shared By:

Cory Eales with improvements by Dan Entmacher and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.9 from 15 votes

#1

in Pikes Peak

#437

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in Pikes Peak

#112

in Colorado

#437

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Photos

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
Running the Chutes
Mar 1, 2019 near Colorad…, CO
Top of buckhorn Loop entering the downhill of Capt'n Jacks!
Jul 3, 2014 near Manitou…, CO
Aspen Meadow with great Views of Pikes Peak
Sep 6, 2018 near Manitou…, CO

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Oct 13, 2019
Payton Langley
Oct 13, 2019
Justin Lamontagne
Sep 14, 2019
Matt Greenfield
Aug 29, 2019
Chris Toleman
25.4mi — 3h 48m
Aug 15, 2019
Luke Walker
start at 4:39 — 4h 00m
Jun 16, 2019
Cory Eales
Minor snow on upper elk park. Didn't need to get off the bike except on one 5-10 ft section
Oct 21, 2018
Allen Macky
Sep 9, 2018
Cory Eales
25.4mi