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Old 10-02-2018, 11:18 AM
 
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Hi all so I am thinking of taking my bike to old stage road - is it a basic flat dirt road? or has some ruts and pretty crazy?

looking for something like phantom canyon road
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:10 PM
 
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If you are talking about the Old Stage Road just southwest of Florissant, it is mostly closed to the public, in spite of all the maps showing otherwise.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:53 PM
 
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Old Stage Rd outside of COS is just a basic dirt road into the mountains. Eventually hooks up with the Gold Camp Road and heads into Victor.
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:32 AM
 
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I’ve driven part way from the Springs side in a car. I thought it didn’t go all the way to Victor. Tunnels blocked or something. Don’t quote me on that.
Otherwise the road is dirt/gravel and easy to navigate.
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Old 10-03-2018, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Gold Camp Road, which is the original Short Line railroad bed, from 21st street on the west side of COS, is indeed partially closed because of the tunnel #3 collapse. Old Stage Road, which originates in the Broadmoor area, is slightly steeper and has tighter turns until it meets up with Gold Camp Road 10 or so miles up the route. Both are dirt roads that are reasonably well maintained.
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:41 AM
 
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You can take Old Stage Road, which becomes/joins up with Gold Camp Road, all the way to Victor. There was a time period after the Waldo Canyon Fire when there was a lot of flooding and damage and you could not, but right now you can.

Gold Camp Road has a lower section before it meets up with Old Stage Road that is only partially open to Motor Vehicle Traffic - only the very lowest portions up through Tunnel 2 are open. From a little after Tunnel 2 to the connection with Old Stage Road, it is open to hikers and mountain bikers. There is a tunnel in that section that is collapsed - tunnel 3 - but for pedestrian/bicycling traffic there is route around that.

The road is easily traveled for someone on a motorcycle - it can get washboard-y at times but it is passable by ordinary vehicles and does not require high clearance or 4WD and is open all the way to Victor.
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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thanks all!! is it pretty easy grated road or anything i should watch out for?
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:58 PM
 
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thanks all!! is it pretty easy grated road or anything i should watch out for?
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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thanks all!! is it pretty easy grated road or anything i should watch out for?
Lol yeah the Jackalopes! And watch out for Steve Anschutz patrolling the Broadmoor property boundaries, too.

Seriously, it is a pretty easy road, but just watch out for other vehicles as usual and when you get into the national forest if you get off onto any side forest service roads I'd suggest keeping your eye open for people shooting guns - unlikely to be an issue on Old Stage/ Gold Camp itself, but people do shoot up there in general, so just be alert.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:54 PM
 
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It's a fun road on a lighter bike or an adventure bike. A dirtbike isn't necessary. I wouldn't take a large cruiser or crotch rocket on the trail. Anything in between will work, but wouldn't be ideal.

My .02 is that a small, light bike is the way to go in CO because many of the best roads are gravel. One cylinder is all you need IMO . My choice bike was a Honda Ascot.
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