24.6 miles
Distance
1,938 ft
Climb
-7,551 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Pikes Peak Toll Road: Be prepared to pay 15.00 per person at toll road gate.

This very entertaining high elevation ride, starting above tree line and descending roughly 7000' through beautiful singletrack crossing the east slopes of Pikes Peak. You will climb close to 2000' over the 25 miles, but physically it feels like much less. Plus the ride gets better and better the further you go

The first half of the ride will be slower as you navigate the technical Elk Park Trail and its abundant rock features. Eventually it intersects the Barr Trail. Continue downhill past Barr Camp, enjoy some high speed playful terrain, but keep a eye out for a sharp right hand turn onto the Lake Moraine trail. The rides only major climb starts about a mile into the Lake Moraine trail. Its a great climb although you will be tempted by the idea of riding it in the opposite direction as it would be a great downhill - bonus lap.

After Lake Moraine the trail surface is dominated by decomposed granite and can be very loose, for the best riding conditions get after this ride after a good rain.

The next section New Jones Park to Kineo Mountain Trail offers many miles of high speed flow as you work you way to an exposed ridgeline finish along Kineo Mtn.

Now for one of the rides highlights Captain Jacks trail!! What a unique trail, from jumps to berms to high walled "tubes", Jack's will put a smile on anyone's face! After Jacks you get a short recovery as you roll down the Gold Camp Road before hopping back on singletrack. The final section of the ride is yet another memorable one as you carve and jump your way down The Chutes trail.

After chutes take Ponderosa trail to Ridge trail ending at the Stratton Lower parking lot.

Detailed Description
Pike's Peak "1/2 Plummet" - Elk Park Version is a 25 mile popular intermediate route located near Colorado Springs Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 1,938 ft with a max elevation of 11,837 ft then descends -7,551 ft.
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  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for Pike's Peak "1/2 Plummet" - Elk Park Version mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -5,610 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,220 ft
  • Altitude start
    11,833 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,224 ft
  • Grade
    -4.3%
  • Grade max
    -56.7%
  • Grade min
    34.3%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 4 (2 votes)
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Pikes Peak's Elk Park trail on hardtails.
Pikes Peak's Elk Park trail on hardtails.
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Oct 16, 2022
Andres on follow cam on Ti Rootdown, I'm up front on gen 2 Stanton Switchback... Elk Park has some great xc riding for sure, we ride this as a 35...

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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The Chutes
Feb 22, 2024 @ 9:14am
Feb 22, 2024
Trail is muddy and snowy. It needs a few more warm days to finish thawing
Upper Chutes
Jan 20, 2024 @ 1:02pm
Jan 20, 2024
Ridge (SOS)
Dec 26, 2023 @ 2:04pm
Dec 26, 2023
Captain Jacks
Sep 30, 2023 @ 8:15am
Sep 30, 2023
Lake Moraine
Sep 23, 2023 @ 1:44am
Sep 23, 2023
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