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black Rainbow Trail #1336: Hayden Creek to Bear Creek

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16.3 mile 26.3 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 4,512' 1,375 m
Descent: -3,114' -949 m
High: 9,754' 2,973 m
Low: 7,608' 2,319 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)

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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

A long and challenging section of the Rainbow Trail with plenty of climbing.

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This section of the Rainbow Trail skirts the lower eastern edge of the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness. It starts near the Hayden Creek Campground.

Much of the route travels through a mix of pine and aspen forest. To start, it is a bit rugged with a cobbled surface. As you pedal west, there will be a combination of smooth and rocky tread with roots mixed in.

From Hayden Creek, the Rainbow Trail continues with a significant climb over the first couple of miles. The trail is fairly narrow and rocky. After the initial climb, you'll enjoy a long downhill section with a few short climbs mixed in. You'll also pass the tops of several drainages running down into the Arkansas River Valley. Every once in awhile, you can catch some views of the surrounding mountains.

The second climb is about midway through the route. It's short, steep, and hugs the lower slopes of the rugged mountains to your left. Once you top out, there is a quick descent and then another short climb to a more rolling section of the Rainbow Trail.

The final ascent before you reach Bear Creek is similar to what you've already experienced. It's a steep uphill with rocks and roots. For the most part, you'll be in a mix of aspen and pine forest.

Enjoy the quick descent into Bear Creek. From here, you can continue on with the Rainbow Trail - Methodist section or turn right to find your way back to Salida.

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