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St. Mary's Falls

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Sick. This is the best trail in the Colorado Springs area. It kicks Captain Jacks. Twisty singletrack consisting of intermittent technical sections featuring *real dirt* not the scree crap typical of C. Springs! Ascend about 1000 ft to the top of the falls, then either turn around and ride it or follow the trail down the other side of the falls and make it a long ride.
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Latitude
38.78593684050996
Longitude
-104.90690231323242
Trail Directions
In Cheyenne Canyon - Take Cheyenne Boulevard to High Drive parking lot (trail head) and follow double track to closed section of Gold Camp Road. Climb to the collapsed tunnel and follow the signs up the canyon.
Trail Length
10-25 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Colorado Springs
   


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Review Date
September 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fischman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great location. Very woodsy but close to town. Unfortunately, the climb is a bit too much. The combination of steepness, ruts (the summer rains were not kind to this trail), and loose surface make this downright unclimbable in places and you will spend at least a mile on foot. This trail does link nicely with other area trails.

Recommended Route:
For the very strong: ride up this trail and loop back down on the Jones Downhill. For the rest: climb up gold camp road and come back down this trail.



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Review Date
May 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Cass , from Colorado Springs

Summary:
don't try and ride this uphill. It's a hike-a-bike pain in the you know what. Coming downhill is sweet. Find another way up through the Forest Service roads or access by way of the northern section of Gold Camp Rd

Recommended Route:
do it downhill



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Review Date
June 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Anthony Bujak , from Colorado Springs

Summary:
What a gorgeous ride. Very difficult to ride up. Actually we hiked about 90% of it and it was pretty hard. Very beautifull scenery with views like you would not believe. You can see everything up there. On the way down is like an adrenaline rush from hell! Great speed and huge rocks. Many technical turns and jumps. Not for the weak! Ask my buddy, he fell headlong into a downed tree and bit it hard. Thank god, they invented helmets. Anyway, this is a must for those people who love speed.

Recommended Route:
As recommended!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rampart Reservoir Trail



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Review Date
February 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jim , from Moved to Seattle from CS

Summary:
If you ride to the top of the falls, the trail keeps climbing up towards the south slopes of Mt Rosa. It turns into a double track, and drops into Frosty park. From there you can catch Old Forester trail, ride on to Bear Creek, drop into Jones park, and then down to High Drive. Makes a nice long loop.
The climb up to and past the falls can be a bit of a grind. Oh well.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you rode from town instead of parking on High Drive, you can continue down Bear Creek and catch section 16 instead of going down towards Capt. Jacks.



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Review Date
September 15, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: pancho , from manitou springs

Summary:
It is a great trail, I love getting away from C. Jacks as much as possible, preferably up into the mountains. this trail is exactly that. the falls are great! I like them better than seven falls. But the one part I have to disagree with is the gravel. last time I rode this trail, we did more walking than riding on the way up. true, coming down is great, but it is just a gravely as the jacks, except your going uphill, which is hell.

Recommended Route:
same as described

Other recommended trails in the same area:
jones park, pipeline trail, and anything other than the chutes, captain jacks, or bradburrys. shure, their great the first time through, but the scee shit blows after the first time you miss a turn and slide 60 feet down the side of the mountain.



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