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North Backbone

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 4.4 (22)

Not-to-be-missed Salida singletrack that's fun, challenging and has amazing views of multiple 14ers.


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Singletrack

7,714' 2,351 m

High

7,560' 2,304 m

Low

362' 110 m

Up

297' 91 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

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).

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier with improvements by Marcel S

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 22 votes

#531

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  4.4 from 22 votes
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#151

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#531

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Photos

Sunset on North Backbone.
Nov 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
Get out and fat bike on North Backbone!
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
The sun begins to set on an evening snow ride on North Backbone in the Arkansas Hills Trail System, Salida, CO.
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
Plenty of pink granite around you and under the wheels on North Backbone.
Mar 31, 2014 near Salida, CO
Spring ride on North Backbone.
May 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
Clown bike on North Backbone.
Dec 14, 2017 near Salida, CO

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