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A fun, flowy 6-mile singletrack loop on Methodist Mountain.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,898' 2,407 m

High

7,638' 2,328 m

Low

450' 137 m

Up

450' 137 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Family Friendly It's a smooth, easy trail.

Overview

This clockwise loop connects fun, flowy "new school" Spartan trails via a few miles of the Little Rainbow trail. This is one of the most beginner-friendly mountain bike rides in Salida.

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 miles 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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Marcel S with improvements by N G

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 32 votes

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  4.6 from 32 votes
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Photos

Happy dog on Spartan West.
Apr 15, 2024 near Salida, CO
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
Views along the upper section of the new Spartan West trail
May 25, 2018 near Salida, CO
View from Spartan West.
Apr 15, 2024 near Salida, CO
Great trail for night riding and family rides.
Jul 23, 2019 near Salida, CO
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Apr 29, 2024
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Oct 8, 2023
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5.9mi — 1h 00m
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Fun as hell 5.9mi
Aug 13, 2023
Atsuko Ohtake
Jul 16, 2023
Alex Garhart
5.9mi — 1h 20m
May 28, 2023
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May 8, 2023
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