Captain Jacks - Trail, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Captain Jacks - Trail, Colorado Springs, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

This is the way I normally do it, as it allows for a gradual warmup, climbing up a gravel road before turning to singletrack. More importantly, this way ends with a fun downhill that ends at the parking lot. Ride up Lower Gold Camp Road, going through the tunnel. A couple of miles and one more tunnel later you'll come upon a large parking lot on the right. At the back of that lot is the beginning of the singletrack. This part is actually an old railroad grade that used to carry gold ore back from Cripple Creek. After approximately 1/2 mile, take the singletrack on the right, just before a stream crossing under the trail. 50 yds. after that take for a hard right. Missing this will take you up 7 Bridges Trail which is a completely different ride. Things continue to climing for a couple of miles. You'll eventually come to a "T" in the trail - take the right hand option. One hundred yards later you're pretty much done climbing. Bomb down 1 mile, cross High Drive and continue left. Two more miles of twisty rolling downhill and you're back at your car.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 19, 2015]
Jayem
Downhiller

Fun, easy climb up on the Chutes/others and the road, then moderate up the trail to the top. Fun descent with a few dropoffs, a few "drain" type sections where you can ride up on some walls. Sandy loose DG surface, so be prepared for that.

Customer Service

Rode up Chutes, Chamberlain, Gold Camp Rd, to the trail to Captain Jacks.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 20, 2014]
keithcurtis
Cross Country Rider

most excellent rolling fast DH, best in the area, 0 boulder fields, few sandy spots very fast trail... 10 minutes full vid top to bottom
https://vimeo.com/93279479

Customer Service

see others but not the first one you don't end up back at the top parking lot when you get to the bottom????der

Similar Products Used:

ehh

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 27, 2013]
Ryan
Weekend Warrior

This is a blast, and I'm tired of hearing idiots from out of state complain about the gravel. Scree is a normal part of the mountain trails around here, and if you can't handle it, go elsewhere.

I'm an avid mountain biker, and also ride dirtbikes as well. I'm furious that the USFS closed this trail (the only one left open to OHV's). The vast majority of dirtbike riders donated countless untold hours of volunteer work to install bridges and maintain the trails, and this was their reward.

I think they should all go up there and rip out everything they did. Seems only fair. All because of a stupid fish that IS NOT native to bear creek, despite what they tell you.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 20, 2013]
Mike D.
Cross Country Rider

Trail is fast, but not 100% downhill, you can tell something eroded it pretty badly. The gravel is thick and dangerous in spots. The small jumps have deep gravel between them to throw you off course quick. Trails shouldn't feel like a beach, the gravel is 6" deep in spots.Would be a lot funner with a stable surface, and faster too. The overall layout is good, but it needs maintenance done badly.

Similar Products Used:

Palmer Park, Bear Creek, Section 16

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 08, 2013]
BadBilly
Weekend Warrior

The guy before me is a wimp. I love this trail and many people do, but you have to be comfortable in gravel. Period. It's deep (we call it surfing) and your bike will float at times but keep your moves subtle, your weight back and you will do fine. You can really fly downhill and the uphill is a nice gravel road ride (1.8 miles to the singletrack) and then about 2 or so to the top. This was recently closed to motorcycles and may be closed soon to EVERYONE due to a nuisance suit about cutthroat trout that were relocated here about 1880. I'm a huge enviro but this is stupid, IMHO.

Customer Service

See the other reviews. Park at the first tunnel (where you will end up) and ride uphill to the Buckhorn cutoff (1.8 miles all on old RR grade). Get on singletrack to top (where it "t"'s) and come down (cross High Drive)

Similar Products Used:

Section 16/Palmer Loop
Jones Downhill (you end up on Capn Jacks at the end)
Palmer Park
Falcon trail
Rampart Reservoir

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 10, 2011]
Paul
Cross Country Rider

I've ridden trails all over the country and can honestly say this is one of the worst trails I have ever ridden. I chose it while in the Springs area based on good reviews on MTBR, and was sorely disappointed. This is a motocross trail where mountain bikers also ride, and it shows. It is non-technical, extremely sandy and severely eroded. If this is what passes for mountain biking in this area then I suggest Springs-area riders load up the Thule and drive a little ways to a real trail.

The one nice thing I'll say about it is that it brought back fond memories from my childhood when we used to ride our bikes in the gravel pits.

Customer Service

Don't ride it. It's awful.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 05, 2011]
Samwise the Brave
Cross Country Rider

Picture a bobsled run for mountain bikes and you've got Captain Jacks. Really great run with lots of curves and jumps and swoops. Here and there you'll find some mild rock drops and a few short climbs, but nothing too bad. The loose granite rides like kitty litter. Keep your tire soft on the front. I've had my two worst crashes here... complete roll flip in the air over my handle bars. So watch yourself on the backside. And like everyone says, watch out for the motocross folks.

Similar Products Used:

Combine this with Buckhorn and the Chutes for an epic run.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 04, 2010]
jlmarcus
Cross Country Rider

I have ridden these trails since the early 70's,back then mountain bikes didn't exist,we rode on motorcycles.

I would respectfully like to remind my follow "Mountain Bikers", that these trails would not exist if not for us earlier motorcyclist,who establisted and to this day do a great deal to maintain them.

I enjoy both diciplines,and am often insulted by those of us on bicycles when I chose to ride a motorcycle, and rarely if ever in the reverse. We have much thank the motorcycle community for, so please be polite,tolerate and courtious.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 10, 2007]
boogiegirl
Weekend Warrior

Great Trails, but multi-use is the key word here. You are about guaranteed to run into a motorcycle or two, probably physically, if you are bombing the downhill as they are on the gas to get up them. I used to get mad when I'd see motorcycles on the trail, until one day a real nice rider explained to me that the trails had been open to motorcycles decades before the mountain bike even existed and that many trails we ride all over the country wouldn't even exist had they not made them. Even more so, when I look at my bike it's hard not to notice how much of it is dirt bike inspired from the tires to the advanced suspension we have today. Anyway, knowing all that, and knowing that this place is the only place near to the Springs legal for Dirt Bikes, I've become totally cool with them. We have dozens of places neaby to ride, I'm happy to share this one......but I do keep my ears and eyes open!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 18, 2005]
ridenkd
Weekend Warrior

What is there to say...short climb w/plenty of downhill to please most. Blasting between trees at hyperspeed is what most of us are here for. Undulating singletrack with the occasional roots & rocks to keep it interesting. The middles section of the trail is VERY gravelly. But that section also has these knarly motocross-like jumps that can totally toss you out of your sit if you hit them at high speed...because they'll launch you whether or not you want to. Unfortunately, you have to watch out for dirtbike riders coming up it. That happens on almost half my rides on it.

Customer Service

Park where High Drive and Gold Camp road meet at the big parking lot. Ride up a mile on High Drive. The Buckhorn trail ends on the left of the road. The trailhead for Captain Jack's is on the right side. Take Captain Jack's down to Gold Camp Road & ride that back to the parking lot for a cool down run.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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