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    New question here. Best trails in Colorado Springs?

    Hi I will be visiting CS mid march. What are the best trails in town and within an hour or so drive?
    Which are the most fun to ride? Since we don't have much of it here I would love some rock ledges and outcroppings. Also flow and scenery are appreciated.
    On the other hand, which trails are going to be open if the conditions are sloppy? I don't mind getting dirty but I don't want to ruin your trails.
    Are there any trails worth shuttling (xc trails)? I could use some help with you lack of oxygen.

    Is there a website for a local MTB club listing trail descriptions and acces etc.?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjaard
    Hi I will be visiting CS mid march. What are the best trails in town and within an hour or so drive?
    Which are the most fun to ride? Since we don't have much of it here I would love some rock ledges and outcroppings. Also flow and scenery are appreciated.
    On the other hand, which trails are going to be open if the conditions are sloppy? I don't mind getting dirty but I don't want to ruin your trails.
    Are there any trails worth shuttling (xc trails)? I could use some help with you lack of oxygen.

    Is there a website for a local MTB club listing trail descriptions and acces etc.?

    Thanks,

    Tjaard
    I guess I will be the first to say it. Run a Search and you will find tons of options.
    I would keep your rides to the foot hills as snow and ice will get worse the higher you go up.

    Winter and early spring I ride Pueblo South Shore Trails, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Red Rocks Canyon. Palmer Park and Ute.

    Enjoy.

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    definately check out captain jacks. to get to my favorite section at the very top its hike-a-bike unless their is some other way of getting up there i dont know about, but picking it up at the rode is good too. that whole area is filled with fire road climbs and good descents

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    Around then (depending on snow) Palmer Park is fun.. Views are pretty good considering! Cheyenne Canyon is great for flow/view and distance, you can do a lot of miles and not realize it up in that area. I don't think Jones Downhill will be open yet but if it is that is a great shuttle run! Red Rock is easy fun Singletrack/fireroad however you can make a great loop starting at Red Rocks Park and riding the Interman trail to Section 16. take that up and connect to Captian Jacks ride down Gold Camp RD .. From here if you are tired stay on Gold Camp to 26th and back to Red Rocks or add more sweet downhill and go down the Chutes and out throught the neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude
    I guess I will be the first to say it. Run a Search and you will find tons of
    I thought so too. I did that first and this is what came up:

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    None of those topics sound like: "These are the best trails in Colorado Springs" to me. Thanks for the tips.

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    Cap'n Jacks (also mentioned above) is probably the "if you can only do one ride in Colorado Springs" ride. It's a flowy rollercoaster, and it's on decomposed granite which is fine to ride in wet conditions. However, if there is a lot of snow in March, it could be difficult to ride to the top of the trail. There are two routes: Buckhorn trail which is south facing and melts pretty quick and High Drive which usually melts even faster. You can combine it with the Chutes for some extra vertical and a partial shuttle. You should easily be able to find directions online regarding these routes.

    Also fun is Palmer Park which is more techy. It's fine when dry or frozen, but please don't ride there if it's muddy. Pueblo is totally worth the drive, and it dries out pretty quickly (although again, don't ride there if it's muddy).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjaard
    I thought so too. I did that first and this is what came up:

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    None of those topics sound like: "These are the best trails in Colorado Springs" to me. Thanks for the tips.
    Fair Enough. I would say hands down Pueblo is my favorite winter season riding spot. A good mix of technical and XC and the trails are dry about 95% of the year. Maybe try the advanced search?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Cap'n Jacks (also mentioned above) is probably the "if you can only do one ride in Colorado Springs" ride. Pueblo is totally worth the drive, and it dries out pretty quickly (although again, don't ride there if it's muddy).
    What park or land unit is the Captain Jacks trail in?
    What are some trails or areas in Pueblo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjaard
    What park or land unit is the Captain Jacks trail in?
    Cheyenne Canyon. West side of Colorado Springs
    Last edited by Funrover; 02-25-2009 at 03:29 PM.

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    You can check the trail reviews part of the forum for more specific directions. Look for "Buckhorn to Captn Jacks" and "Captn Jacks".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjaard
    What park or land unit is the Captain Jacks trail in?
    What are some trails or areas in Pueblo?
    The Pueblo trails that everyone is talking about are in the Pueblo Resivoir State Park area on the south shore. Hooters Canyon is the best trail, but there are a lot of shorties but goodies in the area and you can do multiple loops.

    Funrover: Cap'n Jacks is actually in the North Cheyenne CANYON city park (and the Pikes Peak NF), not Cheyenne Mountain (which is the state park off of Hwy 115).

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    Molly Hatchet?

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    We have some trails listed on our web site here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Funrover: Cap'n Jacks is actually in the North Cheyenne CANYON city park (and the Pikes Peak NF), not Cheyenne Mountain (which is the state park off of Hwy 115).
    Wow.. I knew that.. must have been doing to many things at once.... Sorry if I caused confusion.

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    Where is Molly Hatchet???? Looks like up near monument?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjaard
    I thought so too. I did that first and this is what came up:

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    None of those topics sound like: "These are the best trails in Colorado Springs" to me. Thanks for the tips.
    You need to be a little more clever. Try this or this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    Molly Hatchet?
    Molly Hatchet? Looks more like Missing Hamster based on the look on Joe's face (hopefully the little bugger was de-clawed).

    PC and I had a good ride at the AFA on Sunday and we reminisced about riding there with you. We should hook up for a ride sometime.

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    You Rode AFA

    Man, an I thought you were my friend. Where have you been K-Man.

    OH Yeah,

    The answer to the original question would have to be the trail I have yet to ride



    Yeah we were riding over the Mothers Hornet at the time, as you can tell by my face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Molly Hatchet? Looks more like Missing Hamster based on the look on Joe's face (hopefully the little bugger was de-clawed).

    Quote Originally Posted by JOEMTBR COLORADO
    Yeah we were riding over the Mothers Hornet at the time, as you can tell by my face.


    Looks to me like you're being touched by Man Hands.
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    It was a last minute compromise--Paul was going to ride Pueblo and I was going to ride the Park so we decided on Sunday morning to hit the AFA. Sorry we didn't call you...

    I haven't been up to Mischievous Hippy for months now--I need to get up there again.

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    To Funny

    Looking at my calendar it is T - 12 and counting.

    Let the spring begin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    Molly Hatchet?
    That looks awesome, getting me very excited to come down and ride!
    Thanks for the pic's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funrover
    Where is Molly Hatchet???? Looks like up near monument?
    sorry inflexies to give away your secret code but Molly Hatchet aka MH stands for Mount Hermano. A infamous mexican riding spot in Monument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjaard
    That looks awesome, getting me very excited to come down and ride!
    Thanks for the pic's!
    Sorry to derail your thread a little. By March we'll be doing weekly rides at 4:30 on Tuesday. I don't know what your schedule is, but you're welcome to tag along if Tuesday works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude
    sorry inflexies to give away your secret code but Molly Hatchet aka MH stands for Mount Hermano. A infamous mexican riding spot in Monument.
    It's more a joke than a code at this point (although I still say that Joe lost a hamster on that last ride). Just don't give away the secret handshake ok?

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    I still like strudel better tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude
    sorry inflexies to give away your secret code but Molly Hatchet aka MH stands for Mount Hermano. A infamous mexican riding spot in Monument.

    Wouldn't it be "An infamous"? Sheeez...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri
    Wouldn't it be "An infamous"? Sheeez...
    Thanks Kurt I can always count on you to correct my grammar/spelling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Sorry to derail your thread a little. By March we'll be doing weekly rides at 4:30 on Tuesday. I don't know what your schedule is, but you're welcome to tag along if Tuesday works for you.
    So Kristian/Joe are you going to keep us posted for those rides this year? Nothing like a good old inflexable ride to keep to the skills progressing

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    Come ride with me!!

    Hit me up when you get here.
    I will show you around.
    I like to shutlle If done right captn Jacks is 14 miles down hill most the way!!!
    Palmer is good too if you know your way around. with lots of drops and ledges all over.
    You just got to know were to look for the good stuff. I cant give you directions on here!
    sory<> but top secreat!!!
    O dont forget all the great single track on the west side either!!!
    Say Whoa

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Uh, don't mean to be rude but

    [quote=mxcobra]
    If done right captn Jacks is 14 miles down hill most the way!!!

    Palmer is good too if you know your way around.[quote]

    Having a hard time picturing 14miles off Jack


    Secondly if your on the trail in Palmer the only drops I know are really rollers on Templeton. If your lauching in an area not designated as a trails, we now know who you are


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    Ha Ha

    I always seem to cause a problem on here!
    I live about 2 cranks from palmer and have been riding their for 20 years.
    I know every inch of that park trail or no trail!
    14 miles down pipline seaven bridges jack shutes OOOO yay dude!!! Check out my pics I dug up from a thread in 04 thats jacks fool sory that must be before your time!!!
    Say Whoa

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    McLeod Handlers needed 6pm Tuesdays. Have a good 1.5 hours, see you at the main trailhead for some cross-training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mxcobra
    I always seem to cause a problem on here!
    I live about 2 cranks from palmer and have been riding their for 20 years.
    I know every inch of that park trail or no trail!
    14 miles down pipline seaven bridges jack shutes OOOO yay dude!!! Check out my pics I dug up from a thread in 04 thats jacks fool sory that must be before your time!!!
    Not sure how linking up multiple trails makes a 14 mile long Captain Jacks? Yeah, it's a 14 mile ride, but Captain Jacks is actually one of the shorter trails in that list, not sure why it would get the honors.

    But if you say so

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    I remember riding with this guy once upon a time. I just can't remember his name...

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    Since The Operation, he prefers to be called "Loretta".
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Oh Geek

    You just couldn't leave it alone could ya.

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Since The Operation, he prefers to be called "Loretta".
    kchri, you in town?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxcobra
    Hit me up when you get here.
    I will show you around.
    I like to shutlle If done right captn Jacks is 14 miles down hill most the way!!!
    Palmer is good too if you know your way around. with lots of drops and ledges all over.
    You just got to know were to look for the good stuff. I cant give you directions on here!
    sory<> but top secreat!!!
    O dont forget all the great single track on the west side either!!!
    Welcome back Rocky. Last time I saw you, you pulling off one of these
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    Hey I recognize that little drop.

    Last time I saw that some German guy hit a tree, funniest video I have to date.

    Friend of yours P. I take back everything I said

    mxcobra, look forward to riding with you as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    Molly Hatchet?
    are those pictures from the Stoopid Trail on Herman? or what is the name of that trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewnielson
    are those pictures from the Stoopid Trail on Herman? or what is the name of that trail?
    Yes...
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    It's nice to go were - every body knows your name.
    Holly smokes Havent evan seen that one yet!
    I think its the favorite!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri
    Yes...
    are the photo's that rroeder posted all from the stoopid trail? maybe I've just rode the lower stoopid and not the upper that you ride MH to get to???

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewnielson
    are the photo's that rroeder posted all from the stoopid trail? maybe I've just rode the lower stoopid and not the upper that you ride MH to get to???
    Some of those pics were other trails climbing up to stupid, then we descended stupid and linked into other stuff towards the bottom, fun loop for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    Some of those pics were other trails climbing up to stupid, then we descended stupid and linked into other stuff towards the bottom, fun loop for sure.
    where is that rock drop? upper stoopid?
    sorry for the tons of ???'s!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewnielson
    where is that rock drop? upper stoopid?
    sorry for the tons of ???'s!
    You mean in picture 6? That drop is just past the ramp on the stoopid trail, we had to make a re-route due to a fallen over tree. In fact last week I had to move another tree that had fallen over the trail again.

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    We saw cat tracks a week ago. The stride was 8ft from front to rear paws...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri
    We saw cat tracks a week ago. The stride was 8ft from front to rear paws...
    up at the werks center off Herman?
    I saw some last year, but they looked pretty small....

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    I saw a big Yeti last Sunday, but I think it was Hamster Man Joe!

    I was up on the Burn Zone and saw some old tracks of a Lion, looks like it took a nap laying up on top of the rock. Man, is it pretty dry for this time of year, conditions in the usual snowy area's are more like a month henceforth.

    El Nina is supposed to not gives us any real snow fall for 8-12 days .

    I pulled up to the parking lot today and the sun came out and the temp was super sweet weather then entire afternoon. I am getting spoiled for late winter.

    I did a big loop of Renegade, to Black Pearl, up the Burn Zone, then back down to the road. Then up to the stoopid trail, down it, then up to DLS, down it (some crashing took place), then back to lower stoopid and down to the car. I am tired and sore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewnielson
    are those pictures from the Stoopid Trail on Herman? or what is the name of that trail?
    Been meaning to get back to this thread for dang near a month - took me a while to dig up a photo from November, 2000.

    Actually, not the stoopid trail. Often mistaken for such, and even named on some maps in Tim's shop as such. Stoopid trail is usfs 715, which really leaves memorial grove road much closer to Schilling and Nursery. There is no upper and lower stoopid, just stoopid.

    This nice ridge trail is the Flying Dog, named after a fine brew and one of my brother Joseph's favorites. It was built (rerouted actually from that death gulley nearby) by over 40 of my brother's friends and coworkers in his honor in November 2000, a couple months after we lost him to a car vs bicycle wreck. The USFS and AFA forester led up the ridge and marked it, we followed and built it in about 5 hours.

    Some photos (should be) attached.
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    Thanks for the info Jon, I think most of us (at least me) had been calling the section of 715 from where it starts to parallel the road (and almost goes into the trees) all the way down to the Memorial grove Lower Stoopid and everything above that until the trail crosses the road towards Limbaugh Upper Stoopid. I stand corrected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnordby
    This nice ridge trail is the Flying Dog, named after a fine brew and one of my brother Joseph's favorites.
    Check out the changes that 8 years of riding have done...



    You can see this is the same location as Jon's 2nd photo above.

    I love this little section of trail. Over the years, I've made many many attempts to climb Flying Dog and have only succeeded twice. That to me, is the perfect level of challenge.

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    Thanks Brian. I always called lower stoopid 715 below the Y for some reason, and never had a name for the North fork of the Y until November of 2000 when the folks above showed up, rerouted and rebuilt.

    Nice brad - check out the housing density in the background! And good to see you on falcon earlier today,

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