Welcome to a rollercoaster of a trail that promises not only a challenging climb but a rewarding descent through one of Colorado Springs' lush forests. The High Drive Loop might just be one of the most riveting singletrack experiences in the state. With around 2,200 feet of elevation gain in the first 4.5 miles, this 8-mile trail is not for the faint of heart. Yet, the adrenaline-fueled descent that awaits will make every ounce of effort worthwhile.
To embark on this journey, head west on US 24 to 21st St. and turn left. Continue until you reach Lower Gold Camp Road, then make a right. At the four-way stop, turn left onto Bear Creek Road. Parking is available on the side of the road at the end of Bear Creek or at the caretaker's home at the end of High Drive.
Be prepared for a grueling but satisfying climb. Following the directions is easy; stick to the right fork at every junction, and you'll eventually find yourself back on High Drive. However, don't let this simplicity deceive you—there's some intense climbing involved, through terrain that can be both rocky and gravel-infested. While you might find some sections challenging due to loose gravel and large rocks, the vistas you'll witness at the summit are nothing short of breathtaking.
And now for the part you’ve been waiting for—the descent! As you prepare to make your way back down, you'll encounter:
It's crucial to note that the land ownership can affect trail accessibility. As of now, there are no reported restrictions, but it's always good to keep updated on any changes.
The High Drive Loop is a demanding but rewarding cycling experience for those who aren't afraid to tackle a difficult trail. With its killer climbs and exhilarating descents, it's a must-do for any serious mountain biker in the Colorado Springs area.