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A 100% singletrack loop finishing on the Gutz descent.


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13.7

Miles

22.0

KM

100%

Singletrack

9,029' 2,752 m

High

7,614' 2,321 m

Low

2,045' 623 m

Up

2,045' 623 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Drops/Jumps

Pot-o-Gold and Gutz are seasonally closed December 1st - April 15th to protect wintering wildlife.

Overview

With the construction of Pot-o-Gold, it's now possible to pedal a 100% singletrack loop of the Gutz Trail. 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. Now being able to pedal all the way to the top via sweet, sweet singletrack makes for a fantastic day in the saddle.

Description

Begin pedaling up the Double Rainbow Trail from the Little Rainbow Trailhead, turning left onto the Pot-o-Gold climb before reaching the very end of Double Rainbow at Sand Gulch. While you could climb Sand Gulch, Pot-o-Gold is a much more pleasant uphill.

Pot-o-Gold can be a grind to get up, but even if you're moving slow (or even hiking some of the steepest sections), you'll enjoy beautiful views from the upper reaches of this trail.

Once at the top, take a left on the Rainbow Trail. The climb continues on sometimes loose, rubbly singletrack. The loose rubble may clue you in, but this section of trail is open to motos. Be sure to yield the trail if you encounter a dirt biker.

At CR 108, turn right/uphill and climb up the dirt road for a short distance before reaching the continuation of the Rainbow Trail on the left. The Gutz descent begins at this junction. 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 West (left turn), ripping down some beautiful, modern flow trail to the Little Rainbow Trail. Once at Little Rainbow, take a left to pedal back across the mountain to where you began.

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Shared By:

Greg Heil

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Photos

Soak up the good views on Double Rainbow.
Apr 2, 2017 near Salida, CO
Little Rainbow on an early winter day
Oct 10, 2017 near Salida, CO
Little Rainbow makes for a great winter ride.
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
Little Rainbow shortly after a spring winter storm.
May 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
You got the Gutz?
Dec 18, 2020 near Salida, CO
Double Rainbow!
Nov 7, 2016 near Salida, CO

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