High Dr/Capt Jacks - Direct

Page Type: Route
Lat/Lon: 38.80130°N / 104.8962°W
Route Type: Hiking
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required: Less than two hours
Difficulty: Class 1


Distance - 1.3 miles (one-way)
Trailhead Elevation - 7500'
Summit Elevation - 8283'
Gain - 780'


See the "Getting There" section on the Mays Peak main page.

Route Description

Depart from the trailhead heading east up High Drive. There are two roads; High Drive that heads east and up the hill and Gold Camp Road which is just south and slopes downhill. Hike up High Drive for 1.0 miles to reach the top (elev 7900'). At this point you intersect Capt Jacks Trail.

Capt JacksLeaving High Dr onto Capt Jacks Trail

Turn right (east) onto Capt Jacks and hike for about 50 feet before bearing slightly left (east/northeast) up the hill.

Off TrailLeaving Capt Jacks heading uphill

Here the hike becomes steep with a lot of loose rock. Continue to follow the gully for 0.25 miles. At this point there will be some brush under the trees but the summit will be in sight. The summit can be distigusihed by numerous dead (burnt) trees and a grassy clearing. There are many deer trails through the brush, follow one to the summit.

Mays Peak SummitOn the summit

Essential Gear

Typical gear for a short hike. There is a lot of loose rock so gaitors and/or trekking poles may be helpful.

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cftbq - Oct 4, 2007 2:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Corkscrew trail

When I first climbed this peak, in early 2007, I did not ascend directly up the western side. Instead, I found a clear trail from the saddle on High Drive which leads counter-clockwise around the mountain: first to the climber's right onto the south slopes, then the east slopes, and finally onto the north slopes, where it finally heads directly uphill to the summit.


csmcgranahan - Apr 19, 2008 10:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Corkscrew trail

Successfully summited via this trail. Nice views.


Brad76 - Jan 20, 2008 7:55 pm - Hasn't voted

Capt Jacks TH

There are two trail heads on the right side of High Dr, one is marked as Trail 665 and the other seems to not be marked at all. The unmarked trail is the steep trail, 0.3 mile to the summit, that is referenced on the route page. Trail 665 can be used to get to the top, and is much less steep; you still have to leave the trail to head to the summit, but there were tracks in the snow for us to follow.

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