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Double Rainbow

Intermediate
 3.5 (11)

If the Little Rainbow isn't enough for you, this will test your fitness.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Singletrack

8,168' 2,490 m

High

7,914' 2,412 m

Low

367' 112 m

Up

264' 80 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Double Rainbow is an extension of the Little Rainbow. The steeps are steeper and the exposure is more extreme. While it is not overly technical with big rocks like many of the trails around the valley, the loose, sandy soil can make for some exciting moments. There are few berms to help keep you on trail and many corners are nearly blind, off camber, and loose. Ride at a safe pace until you're familiar with the trail, and even after that, still ride at a safe pace. Double Rainbow gets much less traffic than Little Rainbow. If you're not sure if you're up for Double Rainbow, try for a little ways. The first mile or so is similar to Skull - rocky and a little rough but a fun climb and a blast coming back down.

Take a moment to soak in some great views of the Collegiate Peaks and Buffalo Peaks in the distance. You transition from the desert pinyons and start to feel like you're on a real mountain.

Double Rainbow can be ridden as an out-and-back or as part of a loop. On the west end, the trail hits a rough 2 track road known as Sand Gulch. Follow that downhill and it starts to loop back towards where you started. Look for the power line tower at the Little Rainbow 110 trailhead.

The rough Sand Gulch 2 track road also heads uphill and eventually meets the Methodist mountain section of the Rainbow Trail. This allows you to connect the Rainbow Trail to Double Rainbow and then to Little Rainbow if you are after a pretty epic ride. Advanced riders only, though.

Contacts

Shared By:

Josh Jones with improvements by Marcel S

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 11 votes

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  3.5 from 11 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1,352

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#15,992

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Photos

Soak up the good views on Double Rainbow.
Apr 2, 2017 near Salida, CO
Double Rainbow!
Nov 7, 2016 near Salida, CO
Good views abound on the Double Rainbow Trail!
Dec 22, 2015 near Salida, CO

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Jun 11, 2020
Alexander Jonathan
out and back 5.4mi
Jun 16, 2019
Peter Matthews
May 14, 2017
Lauren Burket
May 11, 2017
Brittany Konsella
May 4, 2017
Tara Oliver
always a quiet ride...doesn't seem like too many ride this trail! 5.7mi
Apr 12, 2017
Tim S
Sep 23, 2016
Chas Semon
Sep 2, 2016
Steven Mattics