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A different option to get down from (or up to) the Backbone/North Backbone trails. Downhill-optimized.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Singletrack

7,523' 2,293 m

High

7,149' 2,179 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

374' 114 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

This is a downhill-optimized flow trail, though it is muti-directional. This is a multi-use trail with a few blind turns, please be aware of much slower moving users along this route. Try to look far ahead to spot those other users to prevent surprises.

This newer addition in the S-Mtn trail system connects from the Jalapeno trail ("Pepper trails"), crossing Spiral Drive, all the way up to the Backbone/Lil Rattler/North Backbone/173 intersection. Look toward great views to the west, of town and S-Mtn to the south for a scenic experience. This trail originally started as a 0.9-mile section but now includes a new 0.6-mile lower extension, built in November 2018, bringing the total up to 1.5 miles.



This trail was designed by Salida Mountain Trails, and built by Tony Boone Trails LLC.

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Shared By:

Marcel S with improvements by N G and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 17 votes

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  4.6 from 17 votes
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Photos

Riders on the new lower extension of Rusty Lung.
Nov 12, 2018 near Salida, CO
Lower Rusty Lung
Sep 21, 2022 near Salida, CO
View along the Rusty Lung trail.
Nov 22, 2017 near Salida, CO
Trail builder riding his own creation.
Nov 22, 2017 near Salida, CO
Climbing up the new Rusty Lung trail.
Sep 15, 2017 near Salida, CO
Salida never disappoints.
Oct 20, 2022 near Salida, CO

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Sep 28, 2023
M K
Gaycation 2023
Sep 18, 2022
Nick Rorres
Jan 30, 2022
Private User
Oct 15, 2020
brandon yoemans
really fun and flowy 1.5mi — 0h 12m
Jul 14, 2019
Tony Eret
Jul 6, 2019
Curtis Gallagher
Best downhill section in Salida 1.5mi
Jun 3, 2019
Matt Castelli
Rad!!!!!!!!!
Aug 5, 2018
Brandon Vicenti