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Cap’n Jacks to Jones Park to Tuckaway Mtn Meadow

Over the Mountain and Through Bear Creek’s Woods
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 12 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Old Gold Camp Road leads to many of the hiking treasures of Colorado Springs. One of my favorites is the trek from High Rd via Cap’n... more »

Tips:  Directions: Exit I-25 at Cimarron St. (U.S. Hwy 24), heading west. Turn left at 21st St and drive south for about a mile to Gold Camp ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Unlike most trailheads, this one is actually in the middle of a trail. The parking spots along High Rd are located where the eastern and western sections of Cap’n Jacks trail are split by the road. You’ll see a large sign just a few feet up the trail confirming for you that you’re headed in the right direction. Once you round to the west side of... More

2. Trail Split

At this point Cap’n Jacks continues on to the right, while Mt Buckhorn Trail veers off to the south and down hill. If you miss this turn, you’ll head down to the beginning of the trail to Seven Bridges, from which you could walk up the back way to Jones Park; but it’s a long way down and back up (or back up the main road to where you parked; not... More

3. Bear Creek Bridge

At this point you’ll begin to walk up the Bear Creek run to Jones Park and beyond. You could release your dog and this point and feel reasonably safe as you climb the trail. The creek presents lots of opportunities to marvel at what water can do as it creates topographic features in the terrain.

4. Bear Creek Cave

As you can see in the pictures this is an old mine shaft. It does not go far back, so it’s relatively safe to explore if you have a flash light.

5. Jones Park

Named as Mr. Joseph Jones who purchased this 160 acre tract for $200 back in 1873, the property was later purchased by Mr. Frank Loud, who built a series of cabins here after 1884. The city of Colorado Springs bought the land, planning to build a large dam. Several trails branch from Jones park, one of the best known being the Pipeline Trail,... More

6. Meadow

After enjoying the climb up Bear Creek from Jones Park, you’ll come to a large meadow which spreads out below the southern slope of Tuckaway Mtn. The meadow looks as though some very large giants have used it as a field for playing marbles. One of these 6 ft diameter globes has a U.S. Geological Survey coin embedded on its top, placed there in... More