Captain Jack's

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.28 out of 5
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Intermediate
5
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
7,303
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
The ride up High Drive is about a mile and completely uphill. At the top of the hill, take the trail to the right (labeled Penrose Multi-use trail 665). The other users of this trail include motorcycles so be careful! The trail is very well maintained and hard to lose. Alot of loose gravel, banked turns, and crazy mogul like jumps make this trail awesome. The trail goes down about 3 miles before ending at a parking lot. Go out the parking lot and turn right onto the gravel road. This road leads back to your car and goes through two tunnels and some high rock canyons. Very scenic, very fast, and very fun. Do the loop a couple times for a good workout.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  Brian Jacobsen   on Dec 4, 2014
  twisthoff   on Oct 31, 2014
  100watts   on Oct 18, 2014
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Reviews (67)
 


May 19, 2015
 
Review: Fast, kinda loose, pretty fun, but over way too quickly.

Not real technical, but you can push it pretty hard in the turns.

I kept wanting to go faster, but not trusting the kitty-litter-like gravel. You could get real good at drifting turns on this trail.

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April 7, 2015
 
Review: Awesome trail my favorite so far in the Springs area. The downhill portion of the trail is epic!

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March 30, 2015
 
Review: i just moved here in Nov 14.... so right now I am walking every inch of the trail before riding. I like to walk and know every inch before i go nuts. I have gone further everytime for a week. tomorrow i am going from the parking lot of 665 to high dr, then thru the tunnels back to the truck by foot, then i will have completed the first phase. most awesome walk ever so far. each time... funniest part is jumping to the edge of falling off the side to get out of the way for my fellow bikers..lolol... literally.

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March 30, 2015
 
Review: i just moved here in Nov 14.... so right now I am walking every inch of the trail before riding. I like to walk and know every inch before i go nuts. I have gone further everytime for a week. tomorrow i am going from the parking lot of 665 to high dr, then thru the tunnels back to the truck by foot, then i will have completed the first phase. most awesome walk ever so far. each time... funniest part is jumping to the edge of falling off the side to get out of the way for my fellow bikers..lolol... literally.

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December 15, 2014
 
Review: Classic COS ride and a great place to feel like you're in the backcountry on an after work ride. The gravel is deep on the lower section so bring your fat bike to really rail this one!

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October 26, 2014
 
Review: The first time I rode this trail a few months ago it was raved as a friends "favorite trail of all time" so I rented a Krampus and yea it was a blast. I went back yesterday, made the drive from Denver now that I live here, 3 hours round trip and all I want to do is make the drive again! Currently it's pretty beat up after the rains so be careful, lots of sudden washouts. Still very very fun!

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May 9, 2014
 
Review: Oh. My. Gosh. I can't imagine giving this trail anything less than 5 stars! This was the most fun I have had on a mountain bike in a long time!

Flying down the mountain at mach 10, whipping around berms and wall rides, threading through canyons and tech sections, launching off of drops, pumping through rollers... this is a rip-roaring descent that could either feel tame and enjoyable, or challenging as you try to keep your wheels from sliding out on the gravel as you corner at 20-30 mph.

Whatever kind of riding you like to do, you can definitely enjoy this fantastic descent that holds such a well-deserved place in mountain biking lore.

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April 20, 2014
 
Review: The ride down was extremely awesome on full DH bikes. Flowy berms with rollers for days. The hike up, however, was a total b*tch with full DH bikes... So I would definitely an enduro bike for this trail next time, but I don't have one of those, and I'm for sure never going to walk my 303 up to the top again, so I'll wait for the resorts to open up again.

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September 20, 2013
 
Review: I ran Jacks yesterday (up and down -- tough up) to survey the damage after our recent rain event. From High Drive, the first half mile was in great shape.

Then there was some minor rutting here and there from this half mile point, where the trail begins to descend until you reach the tubs.

The tubs have some rutting that will give some riders problems, especially on the bottom half. Also on the bottom half is a short area where all the scree is gone and it is just a relatively steep rock slab. So the tubs are a bit trickier than they were before.

From the bottom of the tubs for the next mile or so, there are ruts of varying difficulty on the short dh runs. Some are no problem; some will at least make you hesitate and consider your approach and line.

Finally, the bottom half mile (from just above the north pointing hairpin turn to the bottom THD) has been hit pretty hard by the storm. The ruts are deeper and more treacherous. There are small drainage crossings that require dismounts. Plus there is one section of the trail maybe 25 yards long that no longer exists. It has become a drainage bottom and is a gully about 3 feet deep. It is quite impressive.

Overall, except for the bottom half mile, Jacks held up fairly well and still worth the ride. The bottom half mile will require some major trail work. The rest of the trail will only require minor work for the most part. Hope this helps.

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July 9, 2013
 
Review: I parked before the two tunnels and rode two miles up to the next parking lot, then up High Drive to the trail head. The uphill ride took almost 30 minutes. The ride down was very fun, gravely in spots, with drop offs next to the trail a lot of the way. The uphill ride was difficult, but the downhill reward was worth it.Round trip; 45minutes. I extended my ride by going back up through the two tunnels to the top parking lot, I could not bring myself to ride up High Drive a second time though.

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Captain Jack's MTB Trail 4.28 out of 5 based on 67 ratings. 67 user reviews.
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