Buckhorn Loop (Captain Jack's Frontside) Trail

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Buckhorn Loop (Captain Jack's Frontside) Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, CO that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from May until November.

7.0 miles 1582 feet Loop

hiking

mountain biking

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

washed out

hiking
12 days ago

We had a lot of fun hiking up high drive and then to mount buckhorn. Great views! Very windy today. Highly recommend for new hikers!

hiking
16 days ago

Love this for a quick/moderate-length hike. Make sure you go to the summit of Buckhorn and see the giant boulder. It's amazing!

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail, esp. for a quick hike. You don't have to worry about scree fields like above Seven Bridges/622. Safer for young kids, but watch out for bikers.

2 months ago

The Buckhorn Loop is an enjoyable trail that should be easily manageable for most hikers, with no prolonged, steep inclines. The trail is in good condition. There are a few stretches around the shoulder of Buckhorn mountain where the path is quite narrow, over steep drop-offs, but nowhere is it really hazardous.

The trail begins at a large parking lot at the end of the paved North Cheyenne Canyon Road. The first part of the hike is actually on Gold Camp Road, preceding east. (This section is open to automobile traffic. )

After passing through the second of two tunnels, turn left at a small parking area onto Forest Service Trail 665. After a couple of moderate switchbacks, you will walk along ridge lines with sporadic views through trees.

About halfway through the trail, you will cross the High Drive dirt road. You can cut the hike short here, and take a straight shot back to the parking lot, but you would be missing the best part.

After crossing High Drive, the trail climbs consistently, around the shoulder of Buckhorn Mountain, to a high-point at an overlook where the trail turns right and begins to descend. To the right is an unmarked path to Buckhorn Peak, which is only a short distance away. (I didn't go to the peak, but the topographical map indicates it should be easy to do so.)

The trail continues to descend until it hits a road (closed to autos). Turn left, and follow the road back to the parking lot.

Good hike, with good (but not spectacular) views. Not too strenuous,

hiking
3 months ago

Didn't do this loop, but hiked from the upper parking lot at N. Cheyenne Canyon to Mt. Buckhorn. Started at Seven Bridges Trail head, shortly after the first bridge I went right, then hit Captain Jacks briefly until I came to the trail up Mt. Buckhorn. Fun hike, nice views.

hiking
4 months ago

Well marked, popular bike trail, steep inclines. Great trail with great views!

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

This review is for the May's Peak trail which I was unable to locate in the system. Starting from the parking lot it's about a 4 mile hike (round trip) with easy elevation gain to the summit. It was a great hike in some gorgeous snow! Is a very short and easy hike if you don't have a lot of time. As always, my dog joined me on the trail and he also approves.

1 year ago

mountain biking
1 year ago

Awesome trail - one of my favorites in the area. Just make sure you ride up the street (head west from the parking lot to where the roads come together, past the metal gate. Continue about a half mile up the road, hang a right on the second trail you see (the first will get you there too, just not as maintained). Follow it up the single track for a quarter mile and take the Y junction to the right. Can't get lost from there. Takes you right back to the parking lot), this route will ensure you hit one of the best technical downhills I've ever ridden (would be miserable trying to climb if you went the opposite direction - SO DON'T START AT THE TRAILHEAD AT THE PARKING LOT!!!).

1 year ago

Hiked and trail was in good condition. Easy, well marked, and minimal grade. Went counterclockwise and really enjoyed the variety of road, creekside, and woodland trail.

mountain biking
1 year ago

good trail

mountain biking
1 year ago

hiking
3 years ago

Great ride. The climbs are short and the Burms at the end make this ride great!

hiking
3 years ago

Truly a horrible experience! While this trail traverses some nice terrain, and the initial climb is quite good, it does not make up for the beaten and abused trail. It's a poster child for what a trail should not become. A 3' deep granite runnel filled with 6" of loose crap. It should be closed for 20 years and given a chance to heal! Truly grotesque!

hiking
3 years ago

One of my favorites!!

3 years ago

Be prepared to climb like crazy if you leave out of the Buckhorn trail head. In order to get to the Buckhorn trail head, drive up Gold Camp rd until you pass throught the second tunnel. At this point you will have about 3/4 of a mile until you reach the parking lot. travel on your bike up the gravel road fo about another 3/4 mile until the road bends right. Take the trail to the right and stay right. You will be climbing for about 3 miles. Remember to stay right all the way. The trail will crest and your payoff will begin. When you reach High drive, cross and continue ripping down the trail. Captain Jack is complete one you reach Gold Camp rd. Just follow Gold Camp rd back the parking lot. Over all the trails were a blast. Breath taking climb and a rippin payoff. NOTE: Watch for the rollers that the dirt bikers created, there is a lot of loose gravel that will cause a washout if you are not prepared.

hiking
4 years ago

mountain biking
4 years ago

This is a fun trail for mountain biking and motorcross. I give it 4/5 stars because motorcross bikes have loosened the soil significantly in some spots and even experienced riders can have a little trouble when the front tire suddenly sinks into loose ground. Other than a few spots here and there this trail is challenging, fast and fun. Bring some water because the trail takes at least 1 hour to complete.