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The classic Gutz loop, incorporating the best Bear Creek singletack and finishing on Lost.


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18.0

Miles

29.0

KM

60%

Singletrack

8,989' 2,740 m

High

6,965' 2,123 m

Low

2,530' 771 m

Up

2,516' 767 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Drops/Jumps

Gutz is seasonally closed December 1st - April 15th to protect wintering wildlife.

Overview

For many years, Gutz was known as one of the rowdiest hush-hush mountain bike descents in the Salida region. The trail was eventually adopted into the official trail system, and with that adoption, a few of the steepest, unsustainable sections had to be rerouted. However, the vast majority of the trail was accepted into the official network as-is, including some of the best jumps and drops and the swooping section down the Gut that the trail gets its name from.

Description

Begin the ride from the Burmac Trailhead just outside of Salida via the narrow singletrack paralleling the wash. Take a right before you reach the highway, and pedal the ditch singletrack until you're forced to join the pavement.

If pedaling from downtown, you can pedal out via CR 105 and then turn left on the highway to pick up the route.

After pedaling a short way down the highway, take a right onto Bear Creek Road, climbing the dirt road all the way to the end. This road contains the bulk of the climbing for this route—and you'll grind uphill for 6 miles, gaining over 2,000 vertical feet.

Once at the top, take a right onto the Bear Creek section of the Rainbow Trail—it's all singletrack from here! The Rainbow Trail rolls up and down along a bench at roughly 9,000 feet, providing flowy singletrack and gorgeous views. Note that the upper Rainbow Trail is open to motorized traffic, so expect to encounter dirt bikes.

Right before the junction with the next dirt 4x4 road (FS 108), take the now-signed right turn down the Gutz trail. Get ready for a fast, rowdy descent filled with steeps, jumps, drops, swooping corners, and some tight squeezes.

At the 4-way junction with the Sol Trains, take Sol Train East down to the Little Rainbow Trail for a delightful dose of modern flow trail ripping. Take a left on Little Rainbow to pedal over to Lost Trail, finishing on this sweet, sweet trail, ripping all the way back to the Burmac Trailhead.

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Shared By:

Greg Heil

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Photos

The Rainbow Trail isn't short on views...
Dec 22, 2015 near Salida, CO
Awesome turns through a snowy patch of the Rainbow Trail.
Dec 22, 2015 near Salida, CO
Rainbow Trail near Columbine Trail
Sep 7, 2016 near Salida, CO
You got the Gutz?
Dec 18, 2020 near Salida, CO
Beautiful views from this trail.
Apr 17, 2022 near Salida, CO
Miles of this on Rainbow Trail
Aug 31, 2014 near Salida, CO

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