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    Riding near Colorado Springs/Cripple Creek

    I am in need of some suggestions on where to ride near C.Springs and Cripple Creek this weekend. I will be down there Saturday and Sunday and need a 2-3 hour ride. Thanks for your help.
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    For that time frame you could do the Jones/Cpt Jacks loop. Starts just west of Colorado Springs if you are staying there it's easy to get to the trailhead. It can be tricky routefinding for a first timer but on a weekend there are usually others up there.

    Jones Downhill

    That's right, there's an epic mountain ride right in your backyard. Who knew? Starting deep in the hills behind Cheyenne Mountain at 10,000 feet and cutting and curving all the way back to North Cheyenne Caņon, the Jones Downhill will give any rider all he or she can handle. Gluttons for punishment can ride it as a loop from Gold Camp Road, but it's a lot easier with a shuttle up Old Stage Road.

    Getting there: If you're shuttling, leave a car at Stratton Open Space and drive 19 miles up Old Stage Road to Forest Service Road 379, near the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir. Park here. If you're riding it as a loop, drive up North Cheyenne Caņon to the parking lot at the entrance to High Drive, just past Helen Hunt Falls. Ride up Gold Camp Road 8.5 miles to Old Stage Road, then an additional five miles to 379.

    The trail: Ride up Forest Service Road 379 1.5 miles to Frosty's Park and Trail 701, aka Jones Downhill. Here you'll begin a long, contouring descent that skirts Runs-Down-Fast Mountain. The trail is a mixture of gravel, scree and small and not-sosmall boulders. It's best to ride it as fast to stay on top of the sand. Below Tuckaway Mountain, cross Bear Creek and turn right on Trail 667. Descend through Jones Park to the Buckhorn Trail, cross the creek, turn right and climb. You'll soon pick up the intersection for Captain Jacks and follow it down to High Drive, then around Mays Peak and down to Gold Camp Road. Ride Gold Camp down to the Chutes and your car, or up to your car at the High Drive parking lot if you rode it as a loop.

    Length: 12 miles with shuttle, 26 miles as a loop.

    Difficulty: Harder. The trail conditions are tricky in spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teleken
    Difficulty: Harder. The trail conditions are tricky in spots.
    Think scree, lots of scree - surfing your bike on scree (the top sections).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris9702l
    Think scree, lots of scree - surfing your bike on scree (the top sections).
    No doubt- not the best ride around, at least it's raining a bit, that might help.

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    Good familly ride would be the Crags or Mueller State Park on 67 towards Cripple Creek.
    You can work part of the ring the peak trail from the Crags.

    Mueller has some logging roads/trails but I have seen wild turkey's Elk and Deer it will cost you a day pass but there is a clean bathroom and a shower if you need to appear like you haven't been riding all day.

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    Don't waste your time!

    My word, please don't waste your time at Mueller State Park! After living here 5 years and riding everything else I decided to finally pay Mueller a visit. Big waste of time and 6 bucks. It's completely double track and fire roads Not a piece of singletrack insight, well there was one but it was hiker/horse only. What a waste of space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teleken
    For that time frame you could do the Jones/Cpt Jacks loop. Starts just west of Colorado Springs if you are staying there it's easy to get to the trailhead. It can be tricky routefinding for a first timer but on a weekend there are usually others up there.

    Jones Downhill

    That's right, there's an epic mountain ride right in your backyard. Who knew? Starting deep in the hills behind Cheyenne Mountain at 10,000 feet and cutting and curving all the way back to North Cheyenne Caņon, the Jones Downhill will give any rider all he or she can handle. Gluttons for punishment can ride it as a loop from Gold Camp Road, but it's a lot easier with a shuttle up Old Stage Road.

    Getting there: If you're shuttling, leave a car at Stratton Open Space and drive 19 miles up Old Stage Road to Forest Service Road 379, near the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir. Park here. If you're riding it as a loop, drive up North Cheyenne Caņon to the parking lot at the entrance to High Drive, just past Helen Hunt Falls. Ride up Gold Camp Road 8.5 miles to Old Stage Road, then an additional five miles to 379.

    The trail: Ride up Forest Service Road 379 1.5 miles to Frosty's Park and Trail 701, aka Jones Downhill. Here you'll begin a long, contouring descent that skirts Runs-Down-Fast Mountain. The trail is a mixture of gravel, scree and small and not-sosmall boulders. It's best to ride it as fast to stay on top of the sand. Below Tuckaway Mountain, cross Bear Creek and turn right on Trail 667. Descend through Jones Park to the Buckhorn Trail, cross the creek, turn right and climb. You'll soon pick up the intersection for Captain Jacks and follow it down to High Drive, then around Mays Peak and down to Gold Camp Road. Ride Gold Camp down to the Chutes and your car, or up to your car at the High Drive parking lot if you rode it as a loop.

    Length: 12 miles with shuttle, 26 miles as a loop.

    Difficulty: Harder. The trail conditions are tricky in spots.

    How far is this trail from the town of Divide? That is where I will be. Otherwise do you have suggestions for a ride near Divide? Thanks for the help.
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    It's on the other side of Pikes Peak.

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    I'd probably recommend Rampart Res.
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