Gold Camp Road

Near Colorado Springs     |     40 Miles     |     Easy     |     7,579 Feet     |     Out and Back     |     North Cheyenne Canyon

General Description

Gold Camp Road follows the former railroad from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek called the “Short Line”. In the 1920s the railroad has been converted to a car toll road, eventually becoming a free public road. In 1988 tunnel #3 collapsed and was never repaired. Because of this, the road is now closed to vehicular traffic and is popular with bikers and hikers. Start at the large parking lot where Gold Camp Road meets High Drive and Cheyenne Canyon Roadd. At first the road makes a long U-turn gaining elevation. As you cross the creek you will pass the popular Seven Bridges Trail. At the end of this long switchback you will reach the collapsed tunnel. A detour has been built to bypass over it. On the other side of the tunnel you will be standing right over the Silver Cascade Falls running down the large granite wall. The trail continues to climb at a steady pace as you go south. After about 4.8 miles you will reach tunnel #4, shortly followed by tunnel #5. The trail loops under St.Peters dome and opens up to some great views of the city. Eventually you will reach Old Stage Road which is open to vehicular traffic and continues on to Cripple Creek. You can turn around here and enjoy the sweet ride downhill all the way to the trailhead.

Biking Description

This old rail bed leads from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek. The rail grade makes it a fairly gradual climb through the mountains and some beautiful terrain. You’ll go through multiple tunnels so bring a light if you’re afraid of the dark. After you’ve had enough riding, turn around for the quick descent back to the parking lot. About the first 10 miles of the road is closed to vehicular traffic (except dirt bikes, ATVs, etc.) but the rest shares the road with cars. If you’re a wuss you can shuttle vehicles to make this an all downhill ride. Several trails diverge from this road as well.