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Methodist Mtn: Spartans and Little Rainbow Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (23) 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

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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  4.4 from 23 votes

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  4.4 from 23 votes
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Photos

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
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Aug 17, 2014 near Salida, CO

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Jun 14, 2021
Zach Hegwood
Hot day, but fun ride. 6mi
Jun 1, 2021
Cristy Coughlin
5.9mi
Jun 1, 2021
AJ Dexter
5.3mi — 0h 57m
Apr 30, 2021
Lexi Berger
little rainbow was hard 6.1mi — 1h 08m
Oct 17, 2020
Steph V
Oct 15, 2020
brandon yoemans
dry excellent 6.7mi — 1h 00m
Oct 11, 2020
Eric JG
Oct 10, 2020
Eric JG