Captain Jacks Trail

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,373ft
Trailhead Elevation7,178ft
Elevation Min/Max7178/8259ft
Elevation Start/End7178/7178ft

Captain Jacks Trail

Captain Jacks Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is within North Cheyenne Cañon Park and Pike National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 7,178 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,373 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Buckhorn Trail and High Drive.

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Mountain Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Stephen Hlawaty
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"I don’t think Billy Joel had this trail in mind when he wrote “Captain Jack will get you high tonight. Just a little push and you’ll be smiling,” but the words still apply, if not the original meaning. A bit of pushing to reach the top is all it takes for you to be smiling—on the way down. This trail is certainly one of Colorado Springs’ best, offering a good climb and a fast, somewhat technical, descent. Area riders divide Captain Jack’s Trail into upper and lower sections. While either section can be ridden as one complete ride, this description combines both sections, which, as any rider in Colorado Springs will tell you, is what you should do anyway. High Drive Road divides the two sections of Captain Jack’s Trail." Read more
Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"Crunch through Pikes Peak gravel on this pleasant but crowded old route above Colorado Springs, and visit the former domain of an eccentric woman with a confusing name. Wow, you wonder, as you arrive at the parking area to start this hike, is there a new Walmart up here? Sure, it’s a disturbingly large and busy parking lot, which has grown like a fatty tumor. But here we are, doing our part to make it even busier. I recommend hitting this area on weekdays if possible. The same goes for all Front Range hikes. The first portion of this route, on old Gold Camp Road, follows the abandoned railroad route that once connected Colorado Springs mills and Cripple Creek mines." Read more

Captain Jacks Trail Reviews

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This trail is sweet! Very loose in a lot of places but feels like your going down hill most of the way. You can build up lots of speed easily. The downhill sections are fun and challenging for a newbie like me!
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This trail definitely has some excellent riding. I started on the intersection of Gold Camp and High Drive and rode through the tunnels at the end. The uphill is a good demanding heart pumper. The downhill is fast with some tight bobsled turns. My complaints about the trail are the lack of technical sections and the loose gravel created by dirt bikers. Overall it's a pretty sweet ride. It was also quite busy, but I really didn't have any problems with people on the trail.
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The scenery was absolutely outstanding, and the trail was fun, but the trail was so soft in sections, that I felt as if my front wheel should've been a ski! I had the opportunity to ride the trail again the next day, but opted to ride some other trails instead.
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Great single track with some loose gravel. Combined with Buckhorn or the Chutes trail, make a challenging, great afternoon.

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Trail Information

Pike National Forest
Nearby City
North Cheyenne Cañon Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Pikes Peak Ranger District, Colorado Springs; (719) 636-1602.
Local Contacts
USGS Manitou Springs; Trails Illustrated #137: Pikes Peak / Cañon City; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 62 B-3.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018