North Backbone

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Rank: #1 in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area area
#38 in CO, #103 Overall
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Trail in the area near Salida,
“Not-to-be-missed Salida singletrack that's fun, challenging and has amazing views of multiple 14ers.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Mar 30, 2014
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3.15.0 milesKilometers 362’110 m Ascent 7,714’2,351 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -297’-91 m Descent 7,560’2,304 m Low 15% Max Grade (8°)
Many people ride North Backbone as an out and back from south to north and back. The first third of the trail is rolling contour across dry, open rocky hillsides with a few pockets of pinion and pine.

From there the trail descends towards a drainage and transitions from hard packed trail to firm sand and then pink granite boulders and slabs. Through this middle section of the route expect to be challenged. To add to the fun, the trail has some quick and steep transitions. It's all rideable but not necessarily all at once.

The last part of North Backbone mellows back out to contouring singletrack that twists and turns to Ute Trail (Road 175).
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  4.5 from 4 votes
Plenty of pink granite around you and under the wheels on North Backbone. (Salida, CO)
  3.8 from 5 votes
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