Little Rainbow

EASY 6 reviews
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Little Rainbow is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Salida, CO that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.8 miles 286 feet Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking


trail running

horseback riding


The Little Rainbow Trail is a 4.7 mile point-to-point trail and is the longest in the Methodist Mountain Trail System south of Salida, Colorado. The trail features views of Salida and the surrounding mountain ranges and is good for all skill levels.

6 months ago

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11 months ago

It was a little steep in some areas for snowshoes, but otherwise it was a great hike. The view is beautiful and worth the hike.

this is a great trail for anyone wanting to enjoy the diversity in nature, great views and ease of access. this is a great mild workout or day stroll. recommended gear to bring is walking pole if desired, plenty of water, and a camera for the view.

1 year ago

Nice trail. Approx 8600 ft altitude. Walking poles are good to have with you. Only went in about 2.5 mi due to time but recommend it. There are some great views of mountains while at same time you overlook Salida.

mountain biking
4 years ago

As a beginner-level mountain biker, this trail was perfect. All the elevation changes and turns are mild and the track is wide. This is perfect for anybody honing their mountain biking skills. The views of the surrounding mountains and town below are good. I would recommend this trail for any hiker/biker of any skill level.

This trail also connects with a couple of other trails on the east end of the Methodist Mountain Trail System. These trails are definitely not as easy. Dead Bird Trail is a much more difficult trail if you're looking for a challenge after doing Little Rainbow. It has severe elevation changes and is a more narrow track. It just depends on what you are looking for.