Jones Park – Cap’n Jack Trail

We have made several trips down to the Cheyenne Mountain area to go hiking. There are quite a few trails in the area including the Gold Camp Road hike detailed earlier. One of my favorite journeys is a combination trail that starts at the top of High Drive.

Cap’n Jacks is a multi-use trail that climbs rapidly up the east side of Mt. Buckhorn. It is a single track that is heavily used by mountain bikes and dirt bikes. You have to be a little careful going up since it is difficult to get “off-trail” should you meet up with a bike coming down (ask me how I know). The trail provides some nice views of the city off to the east until the trail goes around the south side of the mountain. Thereafter the views are dominated by the smaller mountains surrounding Pikes Peak.

It becomes Jones Park Trail as you leave Mt. Buckhorn and begin heading south along the side of an un-named ridge. After a while you reach a saddle where you can see down into Bear Creek Canyon and also see Josephine Falls. If you backtrack up along the top of the ridge you come to some very nice observation points. From here you can see the Tenny Crags and a gorgeous view off to the north of the Garden of the Gods, and all of northern Colorado Springs. The day we were there the visibility was quite good and we could see way out onto the eastern plains and all the way north up to Monument.

The aspen trees were begining to turn in the higher elevations and there was a little snow on some of the mountain tops. We have travelled a little further up the trail during an earlier hike but I have yet to see if there actually is a Jones Park or not. This trail was one of the early “tourist” hikes to Pikes Peak before the completion of Barrs Trail.