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Captain Jacks Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Jones Park Trail, Bear Creek Watershed, Jones Park Trail #667, Mesa Reservoir, Mays Peak, Mt. Buckhorn, Bear Creek, North Cheyenne, Mt. Garfield, Helen Creek, Penirose Trailhead, Pike National Forest, Penrose Trail #665, Lower Captain Jack's Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This challenging single track trail is slightly over 6 miles long but is mostly smooth and hard packed dirt with some moderate climbs and descents. The trails wind through a mixed pine tree forest and offers panoramic views of rugged boulders and snow capped mountains.

There are two trailheads but the preferred access point is the southern staging area located off Gold Camp Road. Both staging areas are open for day use only and feature a dirt lot with trash cans, but no other services. ATVs are not permitted, but nearby Penrose Commons, Rampart Range, North Divide and Rainbow Falls provide trails for wider machines.

Visitors should note that this is a multiple-use trail, and is open to hiking, mountain bikes and equestrian use, so use caution. The trail is open year-round but may be inaccessible during the winter months. For current trail conditions contact the Pikes Peak Ranger District.

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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoColorado Non-Resident OHV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityColorado Springs, CO
AddressGold Camp Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Colorado Springs, CO
1) Take I-25 North to Exit 141
2) Veer left (west) onto Cimmarron Street, continue 2.4 miles
3) Turn left (south) onto 26th Street, continue 2.5 miles (road name changes to Bear Creek Road)
4) Turn left (east) onto Gold Camp Road, continue about 3 miles
5) Staging area is on the right (north).


Contact InfoPike National Forest - Pikes Peak Ranger District
601 South Weber
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 636-1602



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Miles Of Trail6
Climate TypeForest
Elevation7800 to 9000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little



Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)Conoco (719) 635-0303
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (E)Conoco (719) 635-0303
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NW)Crystal Kangaroo Campground (719) 685-5010
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Crystal Kangaroo Campground (719) 685-5010
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Crystal Kangaroo Campground (719) 685-5010
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Wye Campground (719) 553-1400
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Conoco (719) 635-0303
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