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A locals favorite and a good sampler of S-Mtn singletrack.


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Map Key

9.3

Miles

15.0

KM

90%

Singletrack

7,527' 2,294 m

High

7,028' 2,142 m

Low

802' 244 m

Up

802' 245 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

Some of the best S-Mtn singletrack without really losing sight of town.

Description

Start via the F Street parking lot. Ride up Frontside, a sustained climb with a bit of exposure, all the way to the Spiral Drive parking lot. Hop onto Lil Rattler. When it gets to Spiral Drive turn sharp left and continue further on Lil Rattler to the intersection with 173, Rusty Lung and Backbone. Turn right onto Backbone.

Follow it all the way to the intersection with Sand Dunes. Continue straight/right, on Backbone (or, if you're done, turn right down Sand Dunes).

Continuing on Backbone, this trail tends to climb further up into the next canyon, with a couple of technical spots, until it meets with Cottonwood and Sweet Dreams. Turn right onto Sweet Dreams. Climb up the next hill and keep left at the next unmarked intersection (don't go steep & straight up the hill). Continue on Sweet Dreams, which has a couple of tough, albeit short climbs, with some short fun downhills. After the trail tops out, it points downwards right into a number of rock gardens, the most technical sections of this ride.

After some rattling around, the intersection with the Chicken Dinner Trail comes up quick. Turn left onto Chicken Dinner Trail (or continue right on Sweet Dreams for the shortest way back to town - via some technical sections of trail).

Continuing on Chicken Dinner Trail, most of the first quarter is slightly uphill, annoyingly, but then it points downhill, with lots of rollers and bermed turns. Some pedaling will be required, so try to keep the momentum going and ride through the 'flat' spots, it's worth some energy to get the best out of this trail.

At the bottom of Chicken Dinner Trail, turn right onto the doubletrack road. There are a few short climbs before town comes back into view.

Contacts

Shared By:

Marcel S with improvements by N G

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  4.1 from 29 votes

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Photos

Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
The new and improved Burnpile offers fantastic features built to get you airborne!
Jan 30, 2017 near Salida, CO
Finding some air on Chicken Dinner.
Dec 27, 2016 near Salida, CO
Lil Rattler makes an easy and fun connection between Frontside and Backbone trails.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
Fairly typical evening ride on S mountain in Salida
Jun 30, 2016 near Salida, CO
Evening ride in Salida.
Jul 20, 2016 near Salida, CO

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May 29, 2022
Mark Pavden
Super fun. Climb is mellow. Definitely blue technical wise. The last mile pedal back to the car is boring so enjoy the downhill section. 9mi — 1h 10m
Nov 12, 2021
Stephen Haydel
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