Captain Jack's

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.27 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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Reviews (70)
 


June 13, 2015
 
Review: This trail is one of my favorites (sometimes). I've found soil condition to be a huge factor here. Sometimes the trail can be ridden fast, and is a blast with all the various curves and little drops. Other times it is just dangerous because of the loose gravel and ruts that develop. To me the deep loose gravel is not the kind of challenge I enjoy because it is unpredictable. I feel safer riding a knarly black diamond rock garden than sliding around on loose gravel on an otherwise intermediate trail.

This trail seems to be best after a some rain when the moisture holds the soil together a bit. I've had some of my best rides on Captain Jacks, but also several dumb crashes because of loose gravel and deep ruts. Give it try but use caution, especially if you are not sure of the soil conditions.

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June 6, 2015
 
Review: Maybe it was the day I was there but I found this way too sandy. Slipped and slid a lot.

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June 2, 2015
 
Review: Today, I rode Jack's, along with the Chutes and Stratton, for the first time in a couple of years. I just got back in the Springs last week. I wasn't as confident on the lose deep scree as I have been in the past, but it still was a ton of fun. This is one fine trail. I have to give it a five for sheer fun -- swooping through banked turns, going off drops, drifting through turns. It's good to see that the trail has recovered so well from the big storm a couple of years ago.

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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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Captain Jack's MTB Trail 4.27 out of 5 based on 70 ratings. 70 user reviews.
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