Captain Jack's

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5
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Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
7,303
elevation (ft)
5
avg mph
249
ridden
96
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1:34
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.25 out of 5
About This Trail
added by jeff World Champ on December 31, 2002
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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.
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jeff on December 15, 2014
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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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nothinspecial on October 26, 2014
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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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Greg Heil on May 9, 2014
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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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bawlhard303 on April 20, 2014
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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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mongwolf on September 20, 2013
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Review: I ran Jacks yesterday 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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mturner on July 9, 2013
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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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Gwardy on August 15, 2012
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Review: This is from a motorcycle prospective. Glad to see newer reviews are not BASHING us. Maybe people understand this trail system like a lot of OTHERS were created a long time before there were even Mountain Bikes in this world. A lot of us also ride mtb's. CMTRA spends a lot of time and resources to make Captain Jack's possible for everyone to use. Maybe instead of complaining about trail conditions get out and volunteer to fix issues, maybe support the trails by paying $25.25 for that OHV sticker that goes to support the trails you like to mtb on!!! Just a thought...

* Review edited 8/15/2012

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Joshb976 on June 27, 2012
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Review: AMAZING!

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erikolson on June 6, 2012
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Review: My first real downhill. I rode it after riding Palmer Park all day the day before and was a little worn. I kept leaning to my right on the first part, because there was 80 degree drop on the left. Hit a pile of loose gravel, sand, rocks at the bottom of a drop and it swallowed my front tire giving me some fresh scars. It was worth the pain, total blast going down. Next time I will wear armor. Again, watch out for motorcycles. My advice; when you hear them coming, get off the trail quick.

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akhalteke on April 6, 2012
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Review: Great trail after a rain/snow. Watch out for the motorcyclists going up hill and enjoy the whoop de whoops!

Similar Trail: Columbine

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Miniskibum on April 1, 2012
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Review: A very fun gravely downhill. Lots of speed.

Similar Trail: Buckhorn

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pdinsurance on July 27, 2011
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Review: This Trail is one of the better rides in the springs, and way more fun if you go up the buckhorn trail.

Similar Trail: Anything in Cheyenne Canyon

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RideForFunCO on July 10, 2011
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Review: its open.. rode yesterday

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avathan on July 10, 2011
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Review: Hey - whats the dealio with the status changing to "closed". Anyone know whats up?

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RideForFunCO on July 9, 2011
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Review: This was the every first trail i have rode and it was awesome. when we ride the trail we concet to the shoots whitch is a awesome trail also. im not sure if the name of the trail.. ive been told its called 7 bridges, it is the trail that come out right at the start of capt. but if you ride that trail and then capt and then the shoots your ride gose from a max two hour ride to like 3 and a half to 4 hours. depending on how fast you ride. the 7 bridges trail starts on old stage rode. its a drive to the top and you will need a 4 wheel drive but it is worth it.. check it out. . sorry i dont know more about it

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avathan on June 27, 2011
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Review: My buddy and I hit this for the first time on June 24th. We really loved it and will def. be back. Nice climb up Hill Drive (where we got about 5 feet from a mule deer grazing off to the side). The trail is soooooper saweeet! Lots of exposed roots, big rocks, loose gravelly-screee like schtuffs! Fast and bumpy and airy and only one of us had to bail to avoid sliding down the side of the mountain! Really nice ride back to the lot above HH Falls also!

Similar Trail: Too new to recommend additional trails but will be riding more and more through the summer!

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jmr4400 on June 23, 2011
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Review: This is an awesome trail. I have been hitting it early mornings to beat traffic. The climb up from the west side is a workout but well worth it once you reach the summit where Captain jacks trail is combined with Buckhorn trail (awesome views and a good photo op before descending). The descent can be fast with areas that are close to the edge. A lot of turns are banked so take them high to avoid the loose gravel. Definitely have to keep your eyes open for tree roots and loose gravel and your ears open for dirt bikes since this is a shared trail. A first timer newbie should take it a little slow to keep it safe.

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apothideus on April 16, 2011
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Review: This trail has gotten pretty gravely, but it's still fun. Weekends are busy and you'll pass several dirt bikes and hikers along the way; take it easy on the downhills. The recent rain makes a big difference in traction.

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zr140th on April 2, 2011
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Review: **Updated Review** It's changed a bit in the last 4 years for me on 2 fronts: 1) I'm in much better shape so there was no walking up that climb. 2) It has gotten much more loose and full of gravel than I remember. Not going to blame any single entity but I would definitely hit this after a rain or light snow. It was still a blast with great memories being re-visited and very scenic conditions.

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BUDDAH on March 5, 2011
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Review: rode capt. today and conditions were excellent, nice and tacky almost everything was packed down with some snowy spots. I've ridin this in dry conditions and it sucks! you better go out and get some!

Similar Trail: palmer trail, buckhorn and zipline (just not as long)

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cyclophys on January 28, 2011
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Review: I loved this trail, it is late January so it had some snow on it, but it was incredible. Just moved from California and this was the first trail I have tried... way better than anything I have done back in Southern Cali. Wish it was longer though... I was hoping for a tougher climb.

Similar Trail: Reminds me of Backbone back home

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csmitty1 on December 11, 2010
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Review: if you like fast downhill style trails this one is it. ride this one then to the chutes or chamberlin trail and it is a fun ride to the bottom.

* Review edited 12/11/2010

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johnmarsters on October 12, 2010
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Review: I regrettably rode this trail only once when I lived in Colorado Springs in 1999. It has been my "Pipe Dream" trail ever since. Now that I am fully into Mountain Biking I am searching for a trail like this in the Carolinas.

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whitemike12 on August 29, 2010
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Review: fun and fast

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jason.d.holcombe on May 22, 2010
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Review: This is a great trail, beautiful views, the sweeping singletrack was a blast, the parking lot was full of vehicles but I only came across two other groups of mtn bikers during the whole loop. The gravel has the trail very loose and I would not want to accidentally leave the left side of the trail (very steep). Lots of fun!

Similar Trail: Falcon Trail

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GHOSTWOLF on August 22, 2009
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Review: Capt Jack was EXCELLENT today, did once going all the way through and then hitting the CHUTES (Chutes VERY FAST and QUICK), second time just the Capt Jack. The trail is a little washed out with alot of ruts from the recent storms. Also alot of loose gravel on the trail so watch the areas at the bottom of the whoop te doos. Watch out for motorcycles coming up most of them will stop, others have no regard for your safety or others. All and All HAD A BLAST!!!!!!!

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zr140th on August 20, 2009
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Review: To be honest, the climb is a real pain if you've been out of the saddle for a spell. This trail was one hell of a trip though, fun as all hell going down! This trail hooked me to MTBing. Great scenery, location, and accesibility. Can't wait to get back to the Springs and do her again!

* Review edited 8/20/2009

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propwash on August 18, 2009
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Review: This trail is alot of fun, It was well worth the 58 miles I drove to get there.

Similar Trail: buffalo creek area

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T.P.Crockmier on June 16, 2009
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Review: Ended up on a portion of Captain Jacks on accident. Best navigational mistake I've ever made. The trail was very fun, and very fast coming back down. Had to stop on the descent a few times because my hands were getting very tired due to the constant braking pressure I had to apply.

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bumblebee on June 16, 2009
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Review: just got back from jacks! its fast its has jumps and fun turns! awesome trail! give it a try some time the views are beautiful. but there is some loose gravel but for the most part its crazy fun!

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pippinr on May 22, 2009
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Review: I used to live on W. Cheyenne Rd. I would ride up Chutes, hit Gold Camp, ride to the top of High Drive, take the Cap'n back to Gold Camp, then ascend again to one of the spurs of the Columbine trail and head back into town. Lots of loose gravel on both trails. This part of the Springs has many trails to connect to make longer rides. Get a map and get creative!

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vbeckman74 on March 13, 2009
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Review: Awesome singletrack. Watch out for motorcycles.

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highlandguy on November 17, 2008
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Review: I came from Michigan and was quite pleased with this trail. Not difficult, just crazy fun! I recommend climbing the lower, mid, and upper Columbine trails to High Drive, then after the blast down Capn Jacks, and through the tunnel, I took the connector back to the Columbine trails and descended back to the visitor center. Only about 10mi. I have ridden around Durango and Summit County but not much in this area, however, after this trail I will be back. Great ride! I loved the whoops.

* Review edited 11/17/2008

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jeh on October 1, 2008
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Review: I rode this today. It seemed rather chewed up in places compared to the last time I'd ridden it (>1.5 years ago). Looks like the motorbike traffic is taking its toll on the trail. Either that or I am a bigger chicken than I remember. In any case, I seemed to have spent a fair amount of time surfing gravel rather than enjoying the cool descent I remembered from past years. Don't get me wrong, this is still a great ride, especially in combination with Buckhorn.

Similar Trail: Buckhorn (descent portion)

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AChase on January 4, 2008
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Review: I have been riding Captain Jack's for almost 20 years with a motorcycle, on foot and or a mountain bike. This is my favorite trail and I have a book called "Shattered Dreams On Pikes Peak" that details what the early settlers where doing up there(It's worth a read!). I still get some crusty looks from hikers and fellow mtn bikers while on my Yamaha. They just don't get the fact that we are very limited on the number of local riding trails while they have miles and miles of other local trail systems to bike or hike. I actually make trailside repairs as I see fit on this trail for the benefit and safety of others.

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John Fisch on October 6, 2007
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Review: This is not much of a trail by itself, but is great as part of a loop with Buckhorn and can be extended to The Chutes or Columbine. There's some fun whoop-de-dos, some very fast downhill, but be careful of the loose gravel, and a groove worn so deep the sides will be over your head. There's also some great scenery along the way.

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dougsmith on September 22, 2007
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Review: Good trail. Much more fun downhill than climbing because of how loose the trail is. Ver loose in some sections and I know several people who have "blew up" here.

Similar Trail: Chutes

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RideorDie on June 30, 2007
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Review: Rode this trail today. It is less torn up than previous years. The rain has really helped keep the trail from getting torn up too bad. I still recommend this ride.

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geargrinder on June 8, 2007
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Review: This is the classic ride in Colorado Springs. Yes, it can get gravelly when it is dry. Ride it after a rain storm for best results. As others have mentioned, winter and spring are best because the gravel is held together by lots of water. Contrary to what many have posted here, the trail has hardly changed in the 16+ years I have been riding it. If the weather has been dry then it is loose. If it has rained, it is buffed. The trail can change drastically from day to day depending on how dry it is. The looseness has nothing to do with the motorcycles (the Chutes is the same and motorcycles don't ride that). The whole mountain is decomposing granite. It is just another riding challenge. Besides, it is the motorcyclists who do all the trail maintenance on Cap'n Jack's (I'm not a motorcyclist, just passing along info). The drainage on this trail often has to be fixed and there are times after storm damage that gullies can develop. In 1994-1996 there was a major mountain bike race held here and one stage was a time trial on Cap'n Jack's from High Drive to the parking lot on Gold Camp. There were many who rode it in less than 8 minutes. Lastly, get to this ride this by going up the Buckhorn trail. Riding up High Drive to get there cuts out a small but challenging part of the trail, and Buckhorn is actually enjoyable compared to fighting traffic on High Drive.

Similar Trail: Upper Cap'n Jack's from Jones Park is just more of the same.

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shane_anthony77 on June 8, 2007
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Review: This trail is one of the best all around trails I've ridden. I feel that no matter what level of experience you are you will have fun on this trail. If you ride this you can park a car a Statton Open Space and shuttle up to the trailhead. That way you can hit the shutes after Captain Jacks

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RideorDie on June 4, 2007
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Review: This trail is best riden in winter or spring before the moto guys tear it up. That being said, it is a great trail to introduce people to the sport. They won't be going that fast anyway, and it has a bit of excitement without anything too technical. I always go early before the moto guys can get their bikes unloaded. I also always tie this one in with the Chutes for first timers - they'll be buying a bike within a week!

Similar Trail: Buckhorn Mt, Bear Creek Loop (666), Columbine

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utedude on August 5, 2006
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Review: This trail is alright. It would be great if it didn't get torn up by the stupid dirtbikers. It is pea gravel about two inches thick sixty percent of the way down. It has a great route and would have been a great downhill singletrack. Also watch out for horse c*** as horseback riders also use this trail.

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shhlacker on May 31, 2006
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Review: Fun trail with great views, but like others are saying, the loose gravel is killer. I just about ate it a few times from hitting a gravel pit too fast. Kinda sucks when a moto goes by and ya start suckin in fumes to. All in all I think it's a great trail, but you won't be able to get goin to fast because of the loose gravel. You can check out more information/markers/pictures at http://www.shhlacker.com/path.php?pathid=33&ttype=1

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john.fennell on May 22, 2006
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Review: Concur with a reviewer below. Jacks is real torn up and getting worse. I may not hit it again until winter. The gravel traps are speed killers and you can't avoid them because of the thin trail width.

Similar Trail: Not a great down hill, but Rampart Resovoir.

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bonkedagain on May 22, 2006
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Review: I can't argue with the previous assessment. I usually only ride this trail in the winter when the throttle-twisters are doing other things. It then has a chance to settle and pack down a bit. What I usually do, instead of the recommended route, is ride up Buckhorn, take a left and continue on up Cpt Jack's toward Jone's Park. The Bear Creek portion of Jone's kinda sucks for uphill, so if I just want a short ride I turn around where the trail drops down into the valley and ride back the way I came up. I don't recommend riding down Buckhorn on the weekends. It is often crowded with uphill riders, and a few will make nasty comments about you riding the "wrong way". That said, Buckhorn is pretty fun to ride down, especially when Cpt Jacks is dry and loose. Btw, riding up into Jone's after the first snow is pretty cool (no pun intended). You can usually still get decent traction since the snow typically doesn't stick to the trail (much), and the scenery is great. The bottom line with the Cheyenne Canyon trails is most have loose decomposing granite all over them which can get tiresome. If you are tired of it then you need to go somewhere else, like Monument, Rampart Reservoir, Buffalo Creek, etc.

Similar Trail: Jone's Park

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Bombardier on May 20, 2006
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Review: So I decided to ride the famous Captain Jack's trail..... And it is HIGHLY overrated. The motos have torn the trail to shreds, at times spinning their tires to create little potholes that have turned into gravel-traps. This trail is now skid-city. Maintaining any kind of traction is nearly impossible, with the exception being the section of the trail nearly at the end, near Tunnel #1 on Gold Camp Rd. It is also nearly impossible to keep any kind of flow going, due to the constant stops needed to let motos pass by.

Similar Trail: Pass up this trail, and hit the Buckhorn cut-off trail or Seven-Bridges... Motos & horses are not allowed on them.

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westfamily60 on April 16, 2006
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Review: This is a great ride overall. I did Buckhorn first for the complete combo. I have the same concerns as all the other reviews, watch out for motorcycles and the downhill is really loose. I crashed once on the North side of Mary's Peak because the front wheel got sidways in the loose gravel. On the East side a Motorcycle about took me out. Take care with the switch backs at the top of Buckhorn.

Similar Trail: Palmer Trail

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c3667 on August 7, 2005
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Review: High drive was closed and we rode past the bottom entrance, we entered through a back trail of the park and rode it for a bout a mile . this trial was pretty amaizing, lots of tight trees and great single track. Time ran out and we had to head back but I will head back here again!!!

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warrubi on July 15, 2005
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Review: What groundrush said. The last time I rode this trail it was more of a chore. The dirt bikes are tearing it up.

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carbon_bars on June 29, 2005
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Review: rode up there and the trail is getting pretty soft from all the rain and the dirt bikes. so watch your descent some of the tight switch backs are getting really loose. but still a good ride!!

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carbon_bars on June 17, 2005
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Review: ok down hill the climb is worth the descent. keep a eye out for dirtbikes!! some good fast sections where you can really let go and get some speed.

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groundrush on June 14, 2005
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Review: This could be one of the better short downhill trails in the area. However, the increasing amounts of loose gravel make it a chore to ride. Is almost not worth the ride up.

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JohnsXCbike on April 12, 2005
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Review: Very fun close-to-town trail. Much loose gravel du to motorcycles. Reccomended at least 2.0 tires to make the ride less sketchy. Nice short after work ride.edited 11/14/2008

* Review edited 11/14/2008

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Guest on August 29, 2004
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Review: Its a good trail with a choice of a quick uphill and a long and fun downhill

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Guest on August 15, 2004
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Review: Captain Jacks is great downhill. The only downfall to this trail is the loose gravel. Many places to catch some air. One of the best in Colo. Spgs area.

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etodd on June 11, 2004
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Review: Jacks is one of the premiere trails in Colorado Springs. Combine it by starting up Buckhorn then wind down to the Chutes for a complete workout. The only complaint I have is with all the traffic Jacks gets, it ends up being loose with all the gravel making it hard to smoke down it. Also be sure to watch out for motorcycles coming up the trail!

Similar Trail: Chutes, Pipeline

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docdee on May 27, 2004
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Review: Rode this many times. Great to combine with Buckhorn. From parking lot at start of High drive go up Gold camp to second single track on right. No sign at second. Long ride and many cut offs. Runs in to Captain Jacks from top side.

Similar Trail: Palmer trail

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tankervet on May 12, 2004
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Review: Me and my buddy just rode this trail and its great. The first mile uphill is no fun but the downhill is great. Very fast and cool banked turns. Just watch out for the loose gravel in some spots.

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Guest on June 30, 2003
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Review: I rode this trail yesterday in the pouring rain. That certainly adds a new perspective to it. You know, crusing down the muddy trail with lightning/thunder going off all around and your brakes are getting slippery. Fun!! You just argue with 4+ miles of downhill during a chilly Colorado summer storm.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Do the whole loop of captain jacks. from the parking lot, go up gold camp road. Just before the sharp left turn there is a singletrack on the right. Follow that over the ridge and down to the high drive parking lot. Singletrack leaves from the north end of this parking lot. FUN FUN FUN

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: if you're looking for a trail that makes endorphins flow easily try this one out :-)

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Lots of fun. First uphill seems like it never ends. Nice whoop sections and motocross-style banked turns.Just watch your front tire on the gravel and use the front brake lightly! The tunnels are a cool feature. A great ride; be sure and bring the camera for the awesome views of the Springs and surrounding mountains.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Captain Jack's is an 11 in the fun factor but the climb is just a road. The descent is well worth it though.

Similar Trail: Captain Jack's Cutoff

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