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Spartan West

Easy/Intermediate
 4.6 (16)

Rolling and twisting beginner trail through the piñons with beautiful views of the Sawatch Mountains.


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1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

Singletrack

7,892' 2,406 m

High

7,676' 2,340 m

Low

219' 67 m

Up

14' 4 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly This has a wide trail base, gentle grades, and no exposure issues.

Need to Know

There is a brand new parking lot along CR110 just before Spartan West. A new Spartan Connector trail runs from the south end of the parking lot into Spartan West, just west of CR110. At the intersection either turn right (west) onto Spartan West, or turn left (east) towards Spartan East.

Description

Spartan West is a new two-way mountain bike optimized beginner trail in the Methodist Mountain trail system and serves two main purposes:

For those who are riding from town up CR110, this new trail gets you off the road sooner by way of a new parking lot and Spartan Connector trail, and it provides almost 1.5 miles of peaceful climbing time on singletrack, gaining around 300 vertical feet, away from the washboard and cars on CR110, up towards Little Rainbow.

And together with the new Spartan East trail and Little Rainbow, it makes for a nice 5.5-mile loop using the 110 TH, in both directions.

This trail has beginner friendly grades and a wider trail bed to aid confidence, but it doesn't mean that we took the mountain out of mountain biking. The uphill direction does have a few spots that might require the use of the granny-gear. And it's a hoot the other way, just make sure to stay in control as you might encounter other users, including runners and hikers, going up.

Spartan West has two distinct zones; the bottom half twists through the piñons and arroyos, while the upper half rolls along the side slope of a big ridge and offers great views of the Sawatch mountains to the west of Salida.

Spartan West was designed by Salida Mountain Trails and fine-tuned and built by Tony Boone Trails for SMT.

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  4.6 from 16 votes

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Views along the upper section of the new Spartan West trail
May 25, 2018 near Salida, CO
110 Trailhead map.  Someone's hungry for a donation to Salida Mountain Trails!  Please help support maintenance to existing trails and a growing network of great new trails!
Aug 17, 2014 near Salida, CO

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Jun 5, 2021
Christel Valentine
there and back... good views of Salida! clean trail... no real jumps. fun! 2.8mi
Jun 11, 2020
Alexander Jonathan
rode after double rainbow 1.4mi
Sep 2, 2019
kmcowan
Started from new parking lot - spartan connector, spartan west, little rainbow and spartan east. 1.4mi — 1h 00m
Jul 22, 2019
Eric JG
Jul 7, 2019
Alyssa Walker
Jun 20, 2019
Michael Phan
2.5mi
Sep 30, 2018
Drew Heimerl
Sep 22, 2018
Melanie Stoeckle
1.4mi