Jones Downhill

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.38 out of 5
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Intermediate
22.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,300 ft
↓ 3,100 ft
7,674
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
You can easily make this awesome singletrack a shuttle ride, but it is even more rewarding starting from the Gold Camp Rd parking lot. Start at the rear of the parking lot and climb up Gold Camp Rd. Continue to ride up the gravel road then turn right onto Old Stage Rd where the climb flattens out slightly. After about 12 miles of total riding, look for forest road 379 on the right hand side. This is a fairly short steep section with some rocky technical areas. There's no shame using the granny gears here since you just climbed 2000 feet! Trail 701 will be on the right, and is the beginning of Jones Downhill. For the first few miles there are several whoop-te-doos and ridge riding. The singletrack is tight and fast most of the way down. The trail eventually turns into a twisting chute with banked curves with Cheyenne Creek on the right side. Watch for an old mine entrance on the left, but keep your eyes on the trail as it is somewhat rocky close to the creek. At the intersection of 666 and 667, cross the creek to the right and take Jones Park Trail 667. Stay on 667 until you reach the High Drive parking lot. Descend on the gravel road back to the parking lot. From 701 to the parking lot is a little over 10 miles.
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (34)
 

Gramcounter

July 13, 2018
 
Review: Great ride with the exception of the uphill moto.




Epic


October 12, 2016
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: Does anybody have an update on the re-routing efforts on Jones Downhill? And is there a link somewhere that shows the course of the new section of trail?



 

Epic

August 6, 2017
 
Review: The new work is crap from what I hear, like a handicap bike path. Im still riding all the old stuff, just have to bushwhack a bit, We will open it all back up after the fish fund expires, The original natural single track is what made that riding what it was. Pipeline upper section all the way to the park has been left alone still and is still really good, of they will probably try to close that too.

Similar Trail: St. Mary's falls



 

Epic


October 14, 2016
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: This may help:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205375751752062&set=p.10205375751752062&type=3&theater

I have heard conflicting reports of what is and isn't open, to whom, and what is even passable. I haven't yet been up there, at least past the Buckhorn Connector (the last short yellow stretch) to check it out firsthand.




Granny Gear

June 30, 2016
 
Review: Super exciting trail. Definitely will have to do it again but shuttle!

Similar Trail: Nothing like it in the Springs




Gramcounter

August 5, 2015
skelldify Gramcounter  
 
Review: I really didn't know what to expect from this trail, but it was GREAT! We shuttled it by parking one car at the Stratton Open Space reservoir, and driving the other to the top, up Old Stage Road. We took Old Stage Road for a long time, until we parked at a loooong dirt parking area on the east side of the road. The road is in decent shape, but is washboarded pretty badly in spots. The ride starts off kinda boring, with a forest serice road climb, then some singletrack that predictably contours along some hills with short, fast downs, creek crossings, and then steep, tough uphills. After a few of these you get some long sustained downhill for a long time! A lot of it is just rippin' high speed, but there is one long rocky section that will get your attention. The traction was interesting, mostly peagravel, but after a little bit you adjust to it and it becomes pretty fun! Then, of course, you connect to Capn Jacks, the Chutes, and whatever else. VERY high payoff for a little climbing!




Granny Gear

August 24, 2014
 
Review: Awesome ride. Rode from in town to hook up Chutes trail all the way to top.. epic day with great views and killer descent after climbing for hours.




Granny Gear

August 24, 2014
 
Review: Okay, tried two attentions to find jones downhill. Went down Cheyenne, went up gold camp from the gold camp gravel road all the way beyond the fork with the falls and three miles to summit. I absolutely did not see any turn for old stage road. Is it blocked off or perhaps being a tourist I passes by ignoring a blocked off road. I don't recollect. Could someone post some exact directions in deep detail on how to hit this? I feel bad bc I clearly failed when so many people had an awesome time and rose this trail!!



 

Granny Gear

September 2, 2014
Guest Granny Gear  
 
Review: Okay, I'd recommend taking a computer and starting it when you hit the Gold Camp parking lot above helen hunt falls. Climb gold camp, and once you hit 12 miles (staying on the same road) you'll start to flatten out and see a rather large lake to the left. Look to the right for trail. It is forest road 379, and on a busy day you will see a lot of off-road trucks/jeeps going through as it is heavily used (but not by normal cars.) The first climb is a pain, then it flattens out and after a few miles look for trail 701. Take that, and within about a mile, you'll turn right on to 668. Take this map.
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Granny Gear


August 24, 2014
John Fisch Granny Gear  
 
Review: Even if you can find your way to the top of Jones through all the washed out roads, it's permanently closed to protect the Greenback Cutthroat Trout. I believe it's possible to do the Pipeline trail, which is actually more fun than Jones IMO, but shuttling is no longer an option as long as Old Stage is closed. If you've got the lungs and legs to make the climb, you can ride up Gold Camp to just past Tunnel 3 (the first one on the part of Gold Camp that is closed to cars--it's easy to spot because it's the one which is collapsed and closed). That is the entrance to the St Mary's Falls singletrack. Hit the brutal, gravelly climb up past the falls all the way to a right fork which will take you West along the base of Mt Rosa on Nelson's Trail (I'm not sure if it's signed). After crossing the saddle below Mt Rosa, you'll descend to Frosty's Park--take a right on the 4x4 road and very soon you will come to a small parking area that is the start of both the Jones Park and Pipeline routes.




Bunny Hop

June 26, 2014
 
Review: Awesome ... If you want a good ride downhill is what it is




World Champ


June 25, 2014
 
Review: A heck of a climb to get up to the top of Jones Downhill but at least it's mostly smooth gravel roads at railroad grade. The only steep/washed out stuff is toward the top but it's totally worth it! Fun descent through pea gravel chutes with just a few short climbs on the way down. Classic!




Epic


September 10, 2013
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: One point of information and correction to the original trail description above. The 667 Trail runs along Bear Creek the whole way, not Cheyenne Creek.



We were whimps, happy whimps, and rode the trail as a shuttle, starting up at the 701 THD off FR 379 just past Frosty Park. Awesome trail, awesome scenery. Yes, the 667 trail is a bit chewed up and rough in spots, but it is just the perfect reason you bought that expensive FS bike. You just have to let go and let it rip.



At the junction of 666 & 667 we took the right across the creek and took 667 to High Drive. From High Drive, we added the usual Jacks-Chutes run to maximize the DH. Then we made one last final DH run on Arroyo Grande to the Stratton THD behind the high school. All in all, what a thoroughly satisfying mostly DH run. Around 16 miles total. It throws just about everything a DH can throw at you by the time you get to the bottom. All smiles.




Trailblazer


August 23, 2013
rcraft6826 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Just did this ride from the bottom of 26th street, all the way up gold camp looping back down Jones to the Bear creek trail, overall about a 40 mile loop. Overall Jones is in pretty good condition, I only ran into some moto ruts in a few short sections. While it is an accomplishment to do this route by riding up gold camp yourself, if you want to have more fun I would reccomend shuttling it so that your 100% at the top. Mainly because there are some flat to slightly uphill parts of the trail about midway through. I would personally recommend taking a left at the fork to do 666 (bear creek trail). 666 is a much more flowy route with some pretty cool ridge exposure.

Similar Trail: pipeline, the chutes, captain jacks



Jones Downhill MTB Trail 4.38 out of 5 based on 34 ratings. 34 user reviews.
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