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Hwy 285/Mears Junction - CR 47YY/Silver Creek Rd - Rainbow Trail Loop

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Another option to enjoy this section of the Rainbow Trail, after an easy ride up the road.


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19.6

Miles

31.6

KM

60%

Singletrack

9,502' 2,896 m

High

8,442' 2,573 m

Low

1,437' 438 m

Up

1,396' 426 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

Most locals ride this loop in May, well before the Monarch Crest opens up, or after it closes due to snow. It's a relatively easy nine or so mile ride up on the road, followed by 11.3 miles of great singletrack; Rainbow Trail #1336: Silver Creek to Mears Junction hwy 285.

Need to Know

PLEASE NOTE: Dirt bikes are allowed on the Rainbow Trail, please don't get upset with their presence. This section of the Rainbow trail is adopted by the Central Colorado Mountain Riders and they make it possible for everyone to enjoy this trail. Give dirt bikes space to pass, signal how many are in your group, and enjoy your ride.

Description

Park at Hwy 285/Mears Junction, at the Rainbow Trailhead.

Ride the 9 or so miles up County Rd 47YY/Silver Creek Rd. This is a relatively easy ride up the road, it only gets steeper very close to the Rainbow Trail #1336 trailhead.

Then ride what you really came for, the Rainbow Trail #1336: Silver Creek to Mears Junction Hwy 285, 11.3 miles of great singletrack back to where you parked. This trail offers narrow trail, great views, creek crossings, some very steep (but short) lung-busting climbs, and fast, rocky downhills in the last three miles, with a mile of new trail that was recently added by the Forest Service close to Hwy 285.

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Marcel S

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A few natural obstacles along the way.
Sep 27, 2013 near Salida, CO
Rediscovering the Rainbow trail after 6 months of old man winter...
May 23, 2016 near Salida, CO
Little bit of blue sky on the Rainbow Trail
Aug 29, 2014 near Salida, CO
A look back a the Monarch Crest trail while riding the Rainbow Trail
Aug 29, 2014 near Salida, CO
Riding the Monarch Crest Trail | Epic Colorado Mountain Bike Ride
Oct 23, 2018 near Salida, CO
Nice and smoooooth...
Sep 27, 2013 near Salida, CO

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Jul 7, 2020
Adam S
Jul 1, 2019
Sheri Vernier
Fantastic trail! Very gentle climb on dirt road for first half, then rolling singletrack most of the way back, a few steep climbs. Spectacular views!
Sep 19, 2018
KEV MAC
May 12, 2018
Paul Richard
Apr 19, 2018
Captain Blacksox
15mi — 3h 00m