Gold Camp Road

3.15 out of 5
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Fire Road
↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This old rail bed leads from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek. The rail grade makes it a fairly gradual climb through the mountains and some beautiful terrain. You'll go through multiple tunnels so bring a light if you're afraid of the dark. After you've had enough riding, turn around for the quick descent back to the parking lot. About the first 10 miles of the road is closed to vehicular traffic (except dirt bikes, ATVs, etc.) but the rest shares the road with cars. If you're a wuss you can shuttle vehicles to make this an all downhill ride. Several trails diverge from this road as well.
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 (13)

August 23, 2014
Review: Alright, went up hoping to ride jones down chock full of power bars and a sandwich but turns out old stage road is closed still. Went to gold camp parking lot, took a freaking incredible. Winding hardball descent to the bottom down Cheyenne, turned around and hooked a right after the parking lot after the green monster water tanks, hopped on chamberlain trail and road by the reservoir took the gold camp trail at the fork and went up to gold camp road. Took the hardball turned left onto the gravel and pushed hard back kt the parking lot passing everyone in sight. Leg burning, lung stinging awesomeness. So I didn't get to go 22 miles or whatever but still awesome fun. Gold camp trail sucks on bike btw and unless your endurance is excellent and your balance divine you will have to hike and bike some of the annoying washed out railroad tresses.

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May 9, 2014
Review: For a gravel road ride, this is actually pretty sweet! The views of the canyons while climbing up from Colorado Springs are absolutely photo-worthy, and riding through these long, dark tunnels blasted through the mountain is just so much fun!

Of course, this dirt road is best used as a means of accessing some of the great singletrack trails in the area, such as Captain Jack's.

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October 29, 2013
Review: Gold Camp road is not a mountain bike trail but it is a scenic off-road route that's car-free with a nice grade for really cranking. Not too steep and--bonus!--it's almost all downhill on the way back.

Similar Trail: Any gravel road with scenery.

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September 30, 2010
Review: Concur with below--this is not so much a mtb trail as it is an automobile free dirt road you can use to hook up with a variety of singletrack options. In less than a mile, you hit Buckhorn (great loop with Captain Jack's) and Seven Bridges (Often unrideable up--more fun down, very popular hiking trail). A little further, just after going up and over the collapsed tunnel, you hit St Mary's Falls Trail (brutal climb/shortcut to Pipeline and Jones Park downhills). If you stay on the road, it's about 16 miles to the top of the Jones Park and Pipeline downhills (badly rutted from motos). The grade is very moderate, so you don't have to be superfit unless you're going all the way. And yes, the scenery is great. But it's still a road.

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June 21, 2009
Review: Used this trail mostly as a link. My favorite all time ride was starting at Cheyenne Meadows, up the chutes to lower gold camp to upper gold camp to jones' downhill to captain jacks to lower gold camp back down the chutes and done.

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March 13, 2009
Review: This is a well used road by bikers and Sunday drivers. I like to start at High Drive parking lot, go up Gold Camp and then take Jones's Downhill back to the truck for an awesome day ride.

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July 7, 2007
Review: Just rode it. Great climb, and fantastic scenery. Pretty fun ride for it being just a fire road. And, on the way back down, I dropped in and treated myself to a groovy run down The Chutes. All in all, it was a good day of riding.

Similar Trail: The dirt road portion of Waterton Canyon

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March 29, 2007
Review: Gold Camp Road is a large fire road used by cars to access Captain Jack's and a few other trail heads. Dirt bikers also enjoy riding on it. It is dirt for part of the way and paved for the rest. It isn't really a trail, so unless you live close to it, drive your car up it to get to the upper end of the Chutes or the bottom of Captain Jack's. It has many bumps and isn't really that great a ride. There are worse trails, so I gave this one a 4.

* Review edited 3/31/2007

Similar Trail: Besides an interstate highway, none in particular

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March 19, 2007
Review: one of my favorite rides in the area, great for a casual ride or working on distance and climbing without worrying about technical singletrack, can pretty much ride as far up as your legs can take you, up to rosemont reservoir, up to the top of Mt Baldy, the options are endless. I'd often just ride out and back on the section that cars can't go on

* Review edited 2/7/2011

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August 5, 2006
Review: Its a road. Simply put. It does have some great views and can be a great cardio workout. It isn't exactly a thrill ride though. If you like biking dirt roads, this one is very scenic and probably the best in Colorado Springs.

Similar Trail: Boreas pass road, Breckenridge

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Gold Camp Road MTB Trail 3.15 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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