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Ride up High Drive to the top (you'll know when you get there). Take the trail up to the right and continue to climb. You'll end up climbing about 2200 feet in about the first 4.5 miles. Take the right fork each time you have a choice and eventually you'll end up back on High Drive for the fast ride back to your car. This trail is similar to Captain Jack's but not quite as eroded or deep with gravel. There are some awesome stream crossings on the descent and some fairly technical sections (though nothing too difficult). A grueling climb but an awesome singletrack descent through the forest.
Nice gentle four-mile loop through the trees, good shade and incredible scenery. No huge climbs or descents, but rolls nicely: clockwise is more gradual climb to top elevation. Trail is roomy, but does narrow in spots. Plenty of horses & runners & dogs, so be prepared to yield.
Trail starts as a fireroad and climbs. You can do an up and back to a water tower which is about 2 miles total. Not technical but good little quick climb. Another option is to take a left at double-track about 1/4 mile before the water tower. Take this up and stay to the right, you will be above the water tower. Keep going and you get to a point where you pickup your bike and carry it for about 10-20 minutes. You will eventually T a trail which run's parallel to the mountain (you can see it from where you parked). Go right and it is an awesome singletrack downhill with a lot of big rocks to pay attention to and some tight turns and fairly steep drops. You will eventually cross into Air Force Academy. At first major trail intersection (double track) go right. You go downhill and then up. Open and close first gate. Keep heading south and you will hit second gate (I usually bunnyhop through the left side) and then into a subdivision. At road head left and then you will hit Woodmen, head right and you will hit your ride in about 3 minutes.
From the gate, pedal up the dirt road for about .6 miles where you will see a distinct dirt path headed up the mountain on your right. If you make it to the hard left hand turn on the dirt road you have gone too far. As you head up the trail take the first possible hard right. You will follow this trail up through pine trees on some great single track that includes some great views, a series of switchbacks, and minor rock and root obstacles to go around or over (it really isn\'t too technical going up - although it is fairly narrow). Eventually, (after about 1.4 miles of nearly all up) you will come to a T intersection. Take a right for this description (if you go left you can link into Trail 666 - see Bear Creek Loop description). Once you take the right your climb is almost over. Continue on this trail to the top of the mountain for some really nice views. Once the trail starts to drop, it goes fairly fast. Watch out for loose gravel due to the moto bikes that are allowed on this part of the trail (unlike the previous section). Once you hit the dirt road (High Drive) you take a right and ride the mountain road for about a mile back to the parking lot. Before you hit the parking lot make sure you look off to your slight left and catch a glimpse of the top of Silver Cascade Falls. That describes the loop, which is best if you\'re alone or short on time. I recommend linking this trail into one of the other nearby trails to make a longer ride. Also, if you decide to ride the trail in the opposite direction, be prepared to yield to the uphill riders (who may flip you the bird for going the \"wrong\" way). This trail makes for some really fun down hill if done in the opposite direction, but be sure to only do this during low traffic times (early morning during the middle of the week, and definitely not on a holiday) to avoid angry up hill climbers and hikers.
The ride up High Drive is about a mile and completely uphill. At the top of the hill, take the trail to the right (labeled Penrose Multi-use trail 665). The other users of this trail include motorcycles so be careful! The trail is very well maintained and hard to lose. A lot of loose gravel, banked turns, and crazy mogul like jumps make this trail awesome. The trail goes down about 3 miles before ending at a parking lot. Go out the parking lot and turn right onto the gravel road. This road leads back to your car and goes through two tunnels and some high rock canyons. Very scenic, very fast, and very fun. Do the loop a couple times for a good workout.
Cathedral Pines is the most interesting and challenging of the trails in Black Forest. It's a series of rectangular trails that also connects to the Black Forest Regional Park on the south boundary. The parking area is near the NE corner and is near the high point for the trails, so it's mostly downhill at first with going uphill to get back. The outer "square" loop, Pikes Peak Trail, runs along the perimeter and is a 4.6 mile loop. There are also east-west trails that split the Pike "square" in half, and others that connect this to the northernmost leg of Pikes Peak trail. Excellent views of Pikes Peak. 90% is in trees. Some meadows and next to ponds. Some trails also come within about 20 yards or so of the homes. Elk and mule deer can be seen on occasion. Western bluebirds, magpie, nuthatches, and flickers are common. Lots of rollercoaster hills, with the northernmost leg of Pike heading east being the hardest. IMO CCW is easier (steeper descent; more gradual incline) and more fun, than CW. Sandy and loose in many sections. The trails are rarely less than about 3' wide, and many times are wider. Most sections are off limits to horses. All are off limits to motorized vehicles. I can ride for an hour and not come across another biker or a hiker. Intersections are usually marked with the trail names, but there's no map for reference and some portions seem to dead end at road intersections. But these trails actually pick up tens of yards across and down the road with no signs to point you in the right direction. The connection on the southernmost leg of Pike Peak trail connects with the Black Forest Regional Park trails, but the intersections aren't marked.
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