Mountain Bike Trails In Close Proximity To Downtown Salida
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The Arkansas Hills Trail System (S-Mountain)
The Arkansas Hills Trail System (S-Mountain) are the closest trails to downtown Salida, just across the river on F Street bridge. Some of our local favorites are here, Cottonwood Trail, Backbone, Hooligan, Rusty Lung, Dude Abides, Sand Dunes, and Chicken Dinner. This area is on the warm side of the valley so many of the trails stay relatively warm and snow-free during the winter.
METHODIST MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM (The Rainbow Trail)
On the South side of town. It’s easily accessible by bike from downtown Salida. Methodist Mountain riding is classic high mountain dessert through beautiful Pinon Trees. (Much of The Rainbow Trail is located on Methodist Mountain, but at a slightly higher elevation allowing for darker soil, Ponderosas, Aspens and snow in the off season).
Methodist Mountain’s “anchor trail” is the Little Rainbow. It’s mostly machine built so it is wide and wonderful. Ride or shuttle up to the CR110 trailhead. From here, ride over to Race Track and down, then back to town. If more time and legs, explore the Double Rainbow as an out and back before jumping on the Little Rainbow.
MONARCH CREST TRAIL
This IMBA EPIC, is located at the top of Monarch pass, on the Continental Divide. It is a 35-mile ride full of technically varied, high-alpine singletrack. In addition to the classic ride, there are plenty of options for alternative rides such as South Fooses Creek, Greens Creek, Agate Creek, Silver Creek, and Rainbow trails.
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