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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Reviews (73)
 

Granny Gear

August 31, 2015
 
Review: This trail is awesome. Very fast, mostly flowy with some really fun and challenging technical sections. As of a week or so ago it's pretty rutted out from rain in spots which is a bummer but still very rideable, just adds different challenge. Fun mogul jumps too, all the rock drops are rollable with a 29er even though they don't look like they would be. I've only been in Colorado a few months and I've already done this trail 7 times, I'm hooked. Park above Helen hunt falls, from there you can ride up high drive (the easy way) or take goldcamp road west then climb the buckhorn trail, which is tough but not ridiculous, it's a decent climb and very rewarding. If you are in Colorado Springs and you haven't done this trail you are missing out

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Granny Gear

August 24, 2015
levi.hunt Granny Gear  
 
Review: Decided this weekend I wanted more of a challenge and while most of the time I ride up high drive road and come down captain jacks to get to the car I decided to ride up captain jacks. The grade is tuff but the loose gravel is what makes this a challenge. Wider softer tires will do well on this trail but be careful as it's very rocky and easy to pinch a tube. Last time I walked all but the first 500 yards down hill due to not bringing a spare tube and pinching the valve stem.

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Gnarly


August 5, 2015
 
Review: Captain Jacks is tore up pretty bad from all the rain. While rideable, in order to preserve the trials, it's not recommended.

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Granny Gear

June 13, 2015
J.A.T Granny Gear  
 
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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Bunny Hop

June 6, 2015
apalten Bunny Hop  
 
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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Doubletrack


June 2, 2015
mongwolf Doubletrack  
 
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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Gramcounter


May 19, 2015
skelldify Gramcounter  
 
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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Bunny Hop

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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Granny Gear

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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Granny Gear

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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Captain Jack's MTB Trail 4.28 out of 5 based on 73 ratings. 73 user reviews.
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