Rainbow Trail - TRAIL

Rainbow Trail - Trail, Salida, Colorado

Riders can then either ride the single-track Rainbow Trail to Methodist Mountain and return, or continue down Methodist to Salida and shuttle back up to their vehicle on Bear Creek Road.

User Reviews (9)

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Guyechka   Weekend Warrior [Oct 15, 2007]

Awesome trail! It has a little bit of everything. There are some creek crossings with rock gardens to remind you of the east coast, some riding through pines on buff trail, and some high desert portions to round everything out. While there are definitely some technical parts, they don't last very long. Put them together, however, and look out!

Customer Service

Park off 285 just south of Poncha Spgs, just past CR 200. Ride up the dirt road and then left onto CR 201. This takes you to the Rainbow Trail trailhead. Ride back down on the Rainbow Trail to your car. It's about 19 miles roundtrip.

Similar Products Used: Monarch Crest, Midland, anything in Crested Butte.
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lwmyers   Weekend Warrior [Oct 24, 2005]

The rainbow trail is one of the premier singletrack rides not only in the arkansas valley but in the whole state. It is a singletrack ribbon that strecthes from monarch pass to just south of the trailhead for Crestone peak just south of Westcliffe. The seperate sections vary in distance and difficulty with most sections between 3 and 12 miles one-way, and is vitually all rideable for a skilled mountain biker. Can be combined with a shuttle for multi-day trips.

Customer Service

For an introduction to this trail I would recommend the Bear creek to Methodist mountain portion. We do the loop this way: start by parking your vehicle at the national forest boundary cattle gate at mile 3.3 on cr 101 south of highway 50 just east of Salida. From this point ride uphill an additional 2.6 miles to the trailhead for the Rainbow trail, go west or right. This portion of the trail is very smooth, with a few roots and rocks, it is easy to go extremely fast on the downhill sections and there are some sharp turns and steep edges so control yourself until your familiar with the trail. After 6 miles of ups and downs in and out of drainages you intersect with cr 108, take it downhill or right. This is a screaming downhill ride with lots of large lose rocks and huge waterbars, tons of fun. From here I recommend taking powerline road, which is a seperate ride in and of itself, downhill to the east from cr 108 to highway 50. Then ride 1.5 miles back east on highway 50 to cr 101, and peddle back up the 3.3 miles along side the beautiful creek back to your vehicle. Takes aprox. 3 1/2 - 5 1/2 hours.

Similar Products Used: monarch crest trail to silver creek monarch crest to greens creek continental divide trail monarch pass to boss lake colorado trail twin lakes to halfmoon creek colorado trail mt. princeton to cottonwood creek lookout loop in the ark hills east of salida jones park downhill in colorado springs palmer park in colorado springs ute valley park in colorado springs
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chefhearn   Downhiller [Aug 30, 2003]

HOLY HUCK AND BUCK!!!!! I have never done such a screamer in ALL MY LIFE!!!! Do yerself a favor and have one of yer loser buddies that don't ride drive ya to the top. This I guarantee will be the hussle of a lifetime. HUGE rollers, baby heads galore, river bottoms, and tree roots evrywhere!! If you are a gimp and get off by riding paved trails and you wear a singlette.....this is NOT for you, open 'em up and let it RIP!!!!

Customer Service

Salida to Cotopaxi

Similar Products Used: ANY...you are in the FREAKIN rockies, for crying out loud!!!!!!!!!!
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Sam Iam   [Dec 27, 1998]

Yeah, Durt Ryder, you hit the nail on the head. The Rainbow Trail is fantastic - choosing betweeen the Butte and Salida can be a bitch. The 40 Mile Downhill from Monarch is possible but it involves some climbing so all you SoCalis should think twice before hitting it up with those DH Only bikes.

Customer Service

It is a little easier to start at Marshall Pass and climb to Monarch then descend but no big deal since it's a gradual drop.

Similar Products Used: Get the whole Salida map, it's free. Gunnison and Crested Butte are a short drive.
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RICH   [Feb 17, 1999]

The description above is part of the Monarch Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail & the Colorado Trail. The official start of the Rainbow Trail starts at the Gate near Bismuth Mine.

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The Right Reverend Dik   [Apr 01, 2000]

THIS MAKES A GREAT SINGLESPPED RIDE! Frequently brutal (but we love that)yet still could be called FUN by you or I. Although I've heard it called DUMB by those other guys. Lots and lots of elevation gain and loss- those degenerates who told me it was "all downhill" were bearing false witness. A little bit of everything Colorado has in the way of singletrack-rocks, trees, loose, hardpack, loamy, high alpine, ridgeline,oh yeah. Great views. This trail is, like, good or something.

Customer Service

A shuttle can be had from Salida to the tram- I forget which business runs it but it's in town and has good signage. Or leave a car there yer ownself. Either way, do the whole trail-we've always called it "Monarch Crest trail"-ending in Salida. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU HAVE BEER WAITING AT THE BOTTOM.

Similar Products Used: Well...
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Greg   [Jun 30, 2001]

WOW. This trail is amazing. You ride uphill on rocky, technical areas, for a couple miles with little downhill. Once you get to your personal stopping point, it is downhill almost the whole way. After the downhill, my brakes were on the verge of melting. If you are an advanced rider and enjoy very technical riding, this is the trail for you.

Similar Products Used: Midland Trail in Buena Vista
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Fred   [Nov 14, 2001]

There's plenty of climbing, don't get me wrong. But when it's only a fraction of the time, you know it is but a pinner percentage of the overall ride. Very nice high-mountain riding. That guy Rich, I don't know what he is talking about (Not a good sharer, probably. Hates Colorado snow too.). It was pretty busy when I was there, admittedly-- measured only by parking lot capacity in town-- but nothing that could take anything away from such a great ride.

Customer Service

I did the shuttle from the junction in town up to the pass; took the long, sweet ride [mostly] down from there.

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Mike Housh   [Jul 02, 2003]

Most of the reviews of the Rainbow Trail start at Salida. The Rainbow trail runs from Salida to New Mexico. The best route is to go to Westcliffe and pick a trail head either north or south from there. The trail runs about 100 miles north and south. The trail also has connections to every valley to the west throughout the Sangre DeCristo range. The trails often follow portions of the old roads up to lakes and mines along the range. The trails range from fairly easy to very difficult. The scenery and peacefullness are absolutely the best to be found anywhere in the world, and are worth the trip.

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