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Captain Jacks

Average Rating:    (4.03 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 64

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.
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Latitude
38.79570420102348
Longitude
-104.87703323364258
Trail Directions
From I25 get on Highway 24 west. At the stoplight on 21st St., take a left and go up the hill. Go right at Gold Camp Rd. Continue straight at the four way stop. The next four way stop is the intersection of High Drive, Lower Gold Camp and Bear Creek. Continue straight on Lower Gold Camp (it takes an immediate left). After a few miles it turns to gravel. It's very narrow in places so watch for oncoming traffic. Park at the parking lot on the right, just before the first tunnel.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Colorado Springs
   


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Review Date
September 19, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jayem ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

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



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Review Date
October 20, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: keithcurtis ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ehh



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Review Date
October 27, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ryan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.



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Review Date
June 20, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike D. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palmer Park, Bear Creek, Section 16



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Review Date
June 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BadBilly ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Section 16/Palmer Loop
Jones Downhill (you end up on Capn Jacks at the end)
Palmer Park
Falcon trail
Rampart Reservoir



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