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Pikes Peak Ultra 50k

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Pikes Peak Ultra is an event created to showcase some of the very best trails in Colorado Springs.


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31.1

Miles

50.1

KM

80%

Runnable

11,376' 3,467 m

High

6,174' 1,882 m

Low

7,423' 2,262 m

Up

7,422' 2,262 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This course will take you from Bear Creek Regional Park, up High Drive, and into Cheyenne Canyon. Runners will see Lower Captain Jacks, Seven Bridges, St. Mary's Falls, Helen Hunt Falls, Mt. Rosa, Almagre, Deer Park, and Elk Park. This is the first 50-mile event, open to the public, in Colorado Springs.

Description

You'll begin at the parking lot near the dirt trail and will run through the park,on singletrack trails for 2.5 miles until your reach Bear Creek Road. Turn left onto the paved road and stay left for half a mile until you reach High Drive. Continue up High Drive, a dirt road, for 2 miles until you reach the gate at the top. While on High Drive, stay out of the water in Bear Creek. Bear Creek has the last known native greenback trout in Colorado. Also, there will be no crewing or spectators allowed on High Drive. If needed, we will disqualify runners who have crew or spectators who don't follow this rule.

Once you reach the top of High Drive, turn left onto Lower Captain Jack or 665, and continue down on the singletrack for 2.5 miles to the aid station. Cross the road (don't go through the tunnel) and turn left onto Spring Creek Trail for one mile. At the fork, turn right onto the Columbine Trail for 2.5 miles. The trail will then intersect with a paved road. Turn right and run up the paved road for less than a half mile to the parking lot. Veer left into the aid station and then continue down the dirt road, Old Stage Rd, for a mile.

Turn right onto Seven Bridges and follow the trail for four miles until your reach the next aid station. There will be a few trails veering to the right, but stay left until you reach the aid station. During this section, please stay out of the water as much as possible because this area has protected native greenback trout. They aren't the same species as in Bear Creek, but they are still protected. Once at the water-only aid station, turn right and follow the singletrack to the top of Mt Rosa. The views from the top of Rosa are incredible!

After reaching the aid station, after Mt Rosa, continue down St Mary's Falls for three miles until you reach Old Stage Road. Follow the road for 2 miles until you reach the last aid station. Don't turn back up Seven Bridges! Once you have reached the last aid station, turn left onto High Drive for one mile back to the gate. From the gate follow High Drive back to Bear Creek Road and through the park to the finish line.

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  5.0 from 3 votes

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Photos

Bridge #7 in early October
Oct 11, 2019 near Manitou…, CO
View of Mount Cutler from Penrose Trail (#665) aka Lower Captain Jack's Trail.
Aug 5, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
Outlook view of Bear Creek Canyon Park from Penrose Trail (#665) aka Lower Captain Jack's Trail.
Aug 5, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Sangre de Cristo's from Summit of Mt. Rosa
Jun 20, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Asters alongside Penrose Trail (#665) aka Lower Captain Jack's Trail.
Aug 5, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
The fourth creek crossing is a bit wider and deeper. Careful footing along the bottom to avoid slipping is necessary.
Jul 12, 2017 near Manitou…, CO

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