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Little Rainbow

 3.7 (25)

5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers


Singletrack

367' 112 m

Ascent

-685' -209 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

7,877' 2,401 m

High

7,559' 2,304 m

Low

Shared By Josh Jones

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All Clear 28 days ago
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A fast, flowing, and fun beginner trail through the piñons with beautiful views of Salida.

Josh Jones

Dogs Unknown

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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.

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Sep 14, 2018
Drew Heimerl
Perfect beginner trail.
Aug 31, 2018
Elaine Sims
Aug 20, 2018
Don Childrey
Up! 5.1mi
Aug 18, 2018
Jonathan Bowden
Aug 5, 2018
Liz Scordato
lost to little rainbow to spartan east + west, back to little rainbow then back on race track. So fun! 13.2mi — 2h 00m
Jul 29, 2018
Becky Barnhart
Jun 27, 2018
Chris Dvorak
May 17, 2018
Preston Dennis

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  3.7 from 25 votes

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  3.7 from 25 votes
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#227

in Colorado

#1,588

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