Rainbow Trail #1336: Mears Junction to Silver Creek
ElevationAscent: 1,318' 402 m
Descent: -369' -112 m
High: 9,501' 2,896 m
Low: 8,535' 2,601 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A relatively smooth and steep trail with short climbs out of gulches.”— Tom Robson
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.
Heading west from the Mears Junction end, the trail begins abruptly with a steep and narrow switchback climb and hike-a-bike from Hwy 285. After a few hundred yards, it levels off through the trees.
The first three or so miles heading west are more technical than the second two-thirds of this trail section. Expect short, punchy rock gardens and tricky dips in and out of gulches. After four miles, the trail crosses a dirt road. Continue heading south and west.
The trail continues to ascend gradually as the difficulty mellows out a bit linking smoother sections of trail. It's moderately difficult, save for more than a handful of dips into gulches with very steep, but short, climbs back out requiring good bursts of energy to clean.
This trail section ends at Silver Creek and Toll Road Gulch.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed