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Methodist Mtn: Spartans and Little Rainbow Loop

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 4.6 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun 6-mile singletrack loop on Methodist Mtn.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,895' 2,406 m

High

7,637' 2,328 m

Low

454' 138 m

Up

455' 139 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This clockwise loop connects fun, flowy "new school" Spartan trails via a few miles of Little Rainbow trail.

Description

Park at (or ride to) the new Spartan Connector Parking lot along CR110. Ride the new Spartan Connector trail, then turn left (east) onto Spartan East after crossing CR110; this gently rolling trail is just over 1.6-mile long.
At the intersection with Little Rainbow turn right (west), onto Little Rainbow. This 2-mile section of Little Rainbow will have some longer climbs, a few can be a bit of a grind. Pass the Skull trail, continue on Little Rainbow. When you get to the trailhead/parking lot, look for the Spartan West trail sign, slightly up and across from the trail kiosk.
Start on Spartan West. After a short initial section, cross the road (CR110) and continue. This next section is all gentle ups and downs. Enjoy the awesome views to the west of the Sawatch mountains to the west of Salida. Soon you'll approach a cell tower and cross a dirt road. After a small rise, the trail continues to flow further down, crossing several arroyos, until it flattens out when you get back to the intersection with the Spartan Connector trail. Turn left, use the Spartan Connector back to the parking lot.

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  4.6 from 14 votes

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Little Rainbow on an early winter day
Oct 10, 2017 near Salida, CO
Little Rainbow shortly after a spring winter storm.
May 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
Great trail for night riding and family rides.
Jul 23, 2019 near Salida, CO
Views along the upper section of the new Spartan West trail
May 25, 2018 near Salida, CO
Rider and dog riding along the new Spartan East 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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Jul 9, 2020
Joe Scharf
Jun 25, 2020
Zach Hegwood
Tough climb to the upper lot, but fun downhill to end it. 5.9mi — 1h 45m
Jun 20, 2020
Cindy Heyyz
May 31, 2020
Lindsay Johnson
second loop with skull to Spartan West 8mi
May 30, 2020
Carissa Miyano
5.9mi — 1h 10m
May 22, 2020
Zach Langsley Norman
Sep 29, 2019
Kathy Brown
easy from ride, clockwise eat climbs short and easy and s. West is super flower fun back to car from back trailhead parking; approx 1 hr
Sep 26, 2019
Greg LaHoda
6mi