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Little Rainbow

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (39)

A fast, flowing, and fun beginner trail through the piñons with beautiful views of Salida.


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Map Key

5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Singletrack

7,877' 2,401 m

High

7,559' 2,304 m

Low

367' 112 m

Up

685' 209 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

Ride or shuttle up to the 110 trailhead. Check out the map to view other trails on the Methodist side of the valley. Connector trails include Skull, Race Track, Dead Bird, and Double Rainbow. The Little Rainbow also crosses County Road 108 which is a good bail out point if anyone is worn out.

The trail weaves in and out of drainages through desert pion trees and yucca.

Little Rainbow is possibly the best beginner mountain bike trail in the valley. It is a great way to introduce people to the sport of mountain biking without risking life and limb. More advanced riders can practice riding smooth and fast.

Locals will often ride from town up 110, then head East on the Little Rainbow, and then down Lost, Dead Bird, or Race Track. All three lead down to the "Burmac trailhead" where you can meet your shuttle car if shuttling. To loop back to downtown Salida, head East along Highway 50 (there is an established trail on the side of the highway) to 102, cross the bridge over the Arkansas and take a left at the black rocked road that follows the railroad tracks northward to the F street bridge.

If you are after a good workout, do the trail in reverse. You may encounter bikers, hikers, and horseback riders traveling either direction so ride courteously.

The Little Rainbow can be a fun way to end a ride for riders taking the Rainbow Trail - Methodist section. Look for Sand Gulch and the Double Rainbow (otherwise known as the Little Rainbow Extension) or County Road 108 as options to get down from the Methodist section of the Rainbow Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Josh Jones with improvements by Marcel S and 1 other

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  3.8 from 39 votes

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Photos

Swoopy singletrack snakes through a snowy Little Rainbow.
Apr 2, 2017 near Salida, CO
Little Rainbow makes for a great winter ride.
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
Little Rainbow on an early winter day
Oct 10, 2017 near Salida, CO
Little Rainbow shortly after a spring winter storm.
May 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
Looking North from Little Rainbow trail in May
May 11, 2021 near Salida, CO
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Aug 17, 2014 near Salida, CO

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Aug 5, 2021
Ryan Chaknova
Little bit muddy at spots and a couple spots where you might get poked, otherwise tons of fun and pretty laid back 4mi — 0h 45m
Jul 5, 2021
Shane Reaves
Fun and fast, nice trail without a ton of climbing. Fun place to practice lines and braking. Some arroyo bottoms are a little washed out, but overa…
May 29, 2021
Kevin S
May 9, 2021
Taylor McElheney
May 6, 2021
Ethan Northey
4mi
Sep 26, 2020
Jeff Verseman
Aug 4, 2020
Erin Hunt
Jun 6, 2020
Andrew Esser