This trail is commonly ridden as an extension to the Monarch Crest Trail
. Look for the Rainbow Trail signs off to the right to locate the trailhead.
The trail begins with a few bits of technical terrain, which quickly smooth out to mostly mellow singletrack. It's moderately difficult, save for more than a handful of dips into gulches with very steep, but short climbs back out requiring good bursts of energy to clean.
After about 6.5 miles, you come to a dirt road, which you'll cross to stay on the Rainbow Trail.
Rainbow Trail's final 3 miles are more technical than the first. You begin this section with a short rock and root garden climb. The trail remains relatively technical singletrack for another rolling 2 miles and ends with a ripping, rocky, narrow and fun final 1/2 mile descent to the road.
You drop quickly onto the paved Highway 285, which you'll follow in the downhill direction for about 5 miles back to Poncha Springs.