Upper Gold Camp Road charts a circuitous route through the Pike National Forest, following the route of old mining trains. The route was forged in the 1880s then later improved for cars. But a tunnel collapse closed the route forever to motor vehicles and the dirt track is now popular with mountain bikers and hikers. This high-elevation trail offers spectacular views.
From east to west the trail climbs at a gentle grade as it makes its way through the mountains. The first tunnel is closed and you'll have to go around it by going up and over the hill. In all, there are 6 tunnels on the eastern end so you may want to bring a head lamp.
Parking and Trail Access
From Colorado Springs, head west on Cheyenne Road to Cheyenne Canyon Road and head up the mountain to the Buckhorn trail parking lot, which is the main Cap'n Jacks parking area at the end of the road. Upper Gold Camp Road begins at the west end of the parking area where you'll see a gate.
On the west end, take County Highway 64/County Road 81/Lazy S Ranch Road to the trailhead.