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Section 16

Average Rating:    (3.69 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Section 16 is a gravely, technical trail with lots of large loose rocks.
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Latitude
38.82218975562626
Longitude
-104.89265441894531
Trail Directions
Highway 24 West 21st Street South Right On Gold Camp Through 4 way stop sign Park at "Section 16 Parking lot"
Trail Length
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Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Colorado Springs
   


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Review Date
November 24, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike D. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palmer Park



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Review Date
November 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Fischman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
CW loop as described in the previous review.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buckhorn/Captain Jack's
Bear Creek Canyon
Waldo Canyon



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Review Date
June 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ridenkd ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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)

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
June 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Paul Bunyon , from COS

Summary:
Ruined 5/25/03 by Colorado Mountain Club. Section 16 was for many years respected as a challenging technical trail and rated as a difficult 4+ to 5. We loved this trail for so long. The CMC has widened, removed rocks and now we drive our wheel chairs up this trail. Shame on Colorado Mountain Club, and the Park dis-Service for failing to respect our beloved challenging terrains. Now it is yet another Falcon trail!



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Review Date
May 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jeff Carey , from Denver, CO

Summary:
This was a really great trail because the trail varried a lot, at first the climb was not technical which made it better but still a good climb. After you get to the top, then you get on some hairy steeps that are quite technical. After that you start going over a bunch of easy half a foot ledges quite fast. Then after that you do that it is very smooth and fast with some easy switchbacks.

Recommended Route:
I don't know, up then down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Paul Inteman, Jones Downhill, and Rampart resevoir.



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