Captain Jack's

4.29 out of 5
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↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
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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
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Does it go back to the parking lot? -Guest

A: It goes through lower gold camp tunnels and back to parking lot.

BrandonLong818 answered on April 10, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: Do dogs have to be on leash at all times? -Hannahma1

A: If dogs enter our property we will shoot them

JamesGT answered on June 29, 2018. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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Reviews (76)

World Champ

October 6, 2017
Review: I started Captain Jack's at the top by riding up Gold Camp Road and Buckhorn Trail. That gives a total descent of 2000 feet over four and a half miles. It's a fast, exhilarating mainly down-sloping ride featuring lots of rollers, some swooping banked turns, and a few small drops. The surface is weathered granite - sandy, gritty stuff that gives an interesting "floaty" ride. It exits onto a parking lot on Gold Camp Road.

Granny Gear

March 11, 2017
jamzman Granny Gear  
Review: I must have missed something but my gps took me to the parking lot next to the 665 trail. That was the only marking. Straight up!!! Straight down!!! Description seems to be of a completely different trail. Someone said long and flowy, but there was only about 200 feet that was not vertical. 70 degree downhills. Nonetheless the views were spectacular and refreshing. Just wished I would have hiked without my bike. Lol. I don't do downhill.

Granny Gear

June 20, 2016
Review: Fun, fun, fun
Was on my XC bike was totally rideable but a bigger bike would be great

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

Granny Gear

August 25, 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.


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.

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.

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.


June 3, 2015
mongwolf Epic  
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.


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.

Captain Jack's MTB Trail 4.29 out of 5 based on 76 ratings. 76 user reviews.
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