Section 16 - TRAIL

Section 16 - Trail, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Section 16 is a gravely, technical trail with lots of large loose rocks.

User Reviews (13)

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Mike D.   Cross Country Rider [Nov 24, 2013]

Great trail close to downtown. They recently moved the trail head on High Dr. up a half mile, new trail is smooth and has some small rollers.
This trail has smooth, rocky, and a rough DH section where you will need to be on your toes! Great views and numerous hikers on weekends with un-leashed dogs.
Has some steep dropoffs so pay attention going around corners.

Customer Service

About a 6 mile loop. I go up High Dr. and go clockwise. It's pretty gradual until the wooden bridge. After that the DH starts. You can either turn left into Red Rocks or keep straight and hit the road.

Similar Products Used: Palmer Park
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5
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4
Fischman   Weekend Warrior [Nov 11, 2007]

Having ridden everything within a hundred mile radius, this remains one of my all time favorites. Unfortunately, you have some time going up a steep grade on a dirt road, but the canyon is fantastic. Once you hit the singletrack, the grade actually eases a bit. Go up as fast as your lungs will allow. Once you reach the top, you will be treated with a fantastic variety of technical nuggets. First, you come around a sharp, blind left turn and are immediately faced with a 4' high piece of Pikes Peak granite with big exposure. Don't get suckered into the seemingly easier line at the right (base) of the rock as it quickly turns into a dead end. Instead, maintain your momentum and flow right over the top (left side) of the rock. Shortly thereafter, one of the finest downhills anywhere begins. There are root and rock drops, tight switchbacks, loose and embeded rocks, and railroad tie steps. There may be nothing death-defying, but it is consistently entertaining for an advanced biker.

Customer Service

CW loop as described in the previous review.

Similar Products Used: Buckhorn/Captain Jack's
Bear Creek Canyon
Waldo Canyon
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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
spence from Manitou   Weekend Warrior [Jun 23, 2007]

I can't believe two things...one, that it was 6 years that I first posted about this trail and two, that I only gave it a three. I ride it weekly from late April until early November and I love it. Don't forget the out and back at the top which gets very little use and is really scenic with views up Ute Pass.

Customer Service

Do it clockwise ...any other way is stupid and hikeabike..I have ridden every part cleanly EXCEPT the little rock band near the start of the DH....

Similar Products Used: Capn Jacks, Jones DH, Rampart Reservoir, Palmer PArk..we have some of the best single track in the state, IMHO.....
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5
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3
ridenkd   Weekend Warrior [Jun 18, 2005]

Most of this trail is a rocky adventure. i've heard this is a technical nightmare. But if you've done some of the blacks at Palmer Park, this is no prob...EXCEPT it's like that forever. I was told not to take it cuz i have a hardtail. it's definitely manageable but my forearms felt like they were gonna explode cuz i was squeezing the brakes so hard. on a fully it may not be so exciting. AND if you're an intermediate rider looking to get over your fear of going down technical stuff, this is your ride. i prefer this method down to the parking lot instead of taking Palmer Trail back down (that's a speed blast but you'll encounter a lot of other bikers coming up)

Customer Service

Park at the Section 16 trailhead, but don't start there! take the paved road for 100 yards down to the bottom of High Drive (there's a house and a gate there). Take High Drive up for about a mile and Palmer Trail will be to the right through a fence/gate. Take Palmer Trail for another additional 2 mile climb (it's gradual). It forks at the top. Take the right fork and that's section 16. The left takes you up to Crystal Point which dead ends at a trespassing sign. take section 16 for another 2 miles DOWN back to your car

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5
VALUE
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4
EZ Weave   [May 26, 2001]

People in this town call this trail super technical, but its not. I think it is a fairly easy trail, but not that easy. If you want technical, try Ute Valley or Templeton Trail (any black in Palm). Have fun, but watch the front wheel for washout.

Customer Service

Head up from the parking lot, but don't turn off at Inteman Mem trail. Keep going up, I usually stop at the top and turn around, but its up to you.

Similar Products Used: Any black in Palmer Park
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3
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Randy Sanders   [Jun 02, 2001]

This trail is probably much better on a dualie. I ride a hardtail, and while it was manageable, the ride was a little twitchy with all the switchbacks at the top and various dropoffs.

Check your brakes, this trail will definitely have you working them for all they are worth. Like the reviewer below said, this trail is not extraodinarily technical, but it does have you working the bike over.

It's a fun ride when you link it with Palmer Loop. Don't expect glue-like traction because almost everything is covered in that crushed gravel crap.

Watch for hikers coming up.

Two wheelies because you gotta climb before you can go down (and the climb _will_ work ya).

Customer Service

To climb section 16 is to experience a plight in futility. It can be done, but you will definitely be walking more than riding. What you want to do is park at the section 16 lot and ride up High Drive to the trailhead for Palmer Loop. Palmer Loop will intersect section 16 and then you can scream your head off on this knarly downhill.

Similar Products Used: Palmer Park and various loops utilizing the Chutes, Gold Camp Road, Columbine, Buckhorn, and the Captain.
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2
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Wil   [Jun 04, 2001]

I am not exactly sure what the below people are reviewing, but it is nothing like the Section 16 that I know. I am not exactly sure the name of the road I take, but at the trailhead parking lot, head South on the paved road till you see a gated off road, go past the gate, and climb for 1.5 miles and will see a single track to the right. About a tenth of a mile up this you will see another track merge from the left. Then ride about 3 miles up this, and when you get to the top, watch the f@ck out. There is only one severely technical spot, but it is about 100 feet long, and my best run down it is a double dab. It is not impossible, but improbable for most. This section is harder than anything that I have ridden at the Templeton/Upper Rim Trail. And the climb is totally do-able. So just crank it.

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5
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spence   [Sep 29, 2001]

Best trail in the area for the 1.5 hour weekly workout (Buckhorn/Jack's is a close second-especially riding upper Buckhorn to the top of the descent into Bear Creek-that part is an out an back)..sorry the cat's outta the bag on Sec 16..like they say, head up High Drive and get on Palmer Loop (most of this is actually Palmer Loop-supposedly what General Palmer rode on his hoss many moons ago). At the top (about 3/4 mile from the water fall)-instead of heading east (right), go straight and then left, this is the out and back to Crystal Park Road...but BE SURE to stop at the No Trespassing Sign so you don't piss off those Christians up there)...the out and back is about 2.5 miles RT, I'd guess......like the Pueblo dude said, there is only one really technical section and it's on the downhill about 3/4 into the ride, but there's about 1.5 miles that keeps you guessing with all the rocks and water-diversion ledges on the way down. I always yield to the hikers and runners as to give MTN Bikers a better name..Very popular on weekends and evenings with those folk. I usually ride it very early...BTW, I'm giving it a stealth rating of 3...kinda like that Capn Jack reviewer that dissed the Jack...All the real good riding is in Aspen and Boulder (wink, wink).......

Customer Service

Clockwise...and ride it as a loop! Some wimps are ruining this trail by riding it fast as an out and back(not doing the technical part)..If you ARE wimping it, slow down and don't ride the corners high...use your front brake! The technical stuff will help you!!

Similar Products Used: I mentioned them elsewhere.....
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3
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spence   [Oct 18, 2001]

Just a few additions to my previous post...You go up High Drive (that's the name of the road)past the caretaker's house..it's closed from Oct 1 thru April..when the gate is closed ride up the berm on the left to avoid a dismount...you go about 3/4 mile up the dirt road...not 1.5 as previously noted (1.5 would take you to the Bear Creek Trail...a total uphill bitch..good for downhill on a tough figure 8 workout as noted in the Buckhorn/Capn Jack postings)...don't take the very first trail..this is the Palmer Loop Trail's gravelly wash-out...go about 100 feet farther up for the trail proper...the climb is a steep grunt for the first 1/2 mile on the road..as well as the first 1/4 mile of single track...then you can put it in middle chain ring for most of the way to the top...the out and back at the top is about 1.5 miles (3 RT)...making this trail about 8.5 miles total...I'd guess...don't have cyclometer...

Customer Service

clockwise...it's the only way..trying to do it counterclockwise means you walk a ton..I can ride the entire thing with 3 dismounts (good riders do it clean-I'm too old to fall a lot anymore so I wimp!)

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3
VALUE
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mr. potatoe head   [Jul 06, 2002]

The uphill is fairly long and will give you a pretty good work out. Most of this trail is the uphill, the down hill is much shorter and pretty hairy but not insane. Im giving it a three because theres so much more uphill than down hill and because its pretty difficult to fly through the downhill.

Customer Service

park at section 16 parking lot on gold camp road, head south to high drive then go up high drive about half a mile turn right on trail head up and keep to the right. ends up at section 16 parking lot.

Similar Products Used: none all trails in the colorado springs area SUCK! go somewhere else!!!!!! like oklahoma. you'll hate the trails here, dont even waste your time looking at them.
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3
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