Little Rainbow

EASY 19 reviews
#30 of 95 trails in

Little Rainbow is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Monarch, Colorado 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.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
744 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

horseback riding

views

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Brought our little kids here to hike, but we turned around after about 10 minutes. Very arid and dry terrain with lots of fire ant hills on the trails, and even cacti directly along the trail. Would not call this trail family friendly, although it is easy and flat.

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

Take water for your pooch. Very dry.

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hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Great!

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

snowshoeing
Sunday, December 27, 2015

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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.

hiking
Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Saturday, January 18, 2014

mountain biking
Sunday, July 22, 2012

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.