Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Salida with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I love this hike. it can also be done as a shuttle hike, leaving one car in town.

Great running and hiking trail. Maintained extremely well. Drive to the trailhead (4x4 just to be safe but not needed) and save the 2 mile road walk from the reservoir for more hiking on the single track.
Deep snow one mile from the top (late May 2018).
It’s gorgeous in the afternoon

hiking
11 days ago

Fairly easy little hike. Mid May very sunny, little shade and a nice breeze. Probably very hot in summer.
We did a loop with Race Track to Dead Bird to Lost. The All Trails map does not show Dead Bird connecting with Lost, but the map at the trailhead shows the connection and trail signage connects the 2.

23 days ago

Great family trail. My 4 year old did the whole thing. Great views of the Sawatch Mountains and Salida. Steep in parts. I recommend going up Dead bird and Lost down. Lost is much steeper.

Great views of collegiate peaks and the town of Salida. As a hiker, the mountain bike traffic was enough to be pretty distracting. Trail was in great shape and very rewarding overall.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with easy access from Salida. We went up as far as the third bridge today and it was a mix of light snow cover and semi wet. Beyond that snow got a bit heavier and looked like snow shoes would be the way to go. The drive to the trail head is fine. Everyone agreed the hike was beautiful and we'll be back when it opens up further this spring.

What a great trail system, and so accessible from downtown! We connected the Sand Dunes, Backbone, Lil Rattler, and Frontside trails and ended up hiking somewhere around 4 1/2 miles. Lots of mountain bikers out, but they were unfailingly courteous, and our counterclockwise loop must not be the most common route as most of them were heading in the opposite direction. Wish the trails were a bit wider, as they were busy, but the chance to gawk at the views made up for the inconvenience of constantly stepping off trail to let others pass. If you like this one, you'll probably also love the Whipple trail system in Buena Vista.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail not too bad for early April...a few water crossings & ice/snow cover towards the start but dry for the most part. A few trees over the trail but easy to detour or climb over.

walking
1 month ago

Walked the CR loop to the top. Easy and relatively flat. Would make for a good run. The little shack at the top feels post-apocalyptic, but it’s a fun little trip up.

hiking
5 months ago

nice trail near 14 day camping
party on wayne

hiking
5 months ago

awesome views, lots of animals, had a blast

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful alongside creek entire hike. At a very slow pace we did 2 hours up and back but did not make it to end.

Leaves gorgeous! Beware of some fast bike downhillers (not cross country) barreling it down

Beautiful fall hike. Most of the leaves had dropped recently which left a carpet of gold on the trail in some places. Parked at the trailhead..my 4x4 truck made it fine. Hiked to the 3rd bridge. Wanted to keep going but I was limited by time. There wasn’t another sole around except for a few mountain bikers on the road.

hiking
7 months ago

The river is beautiful and since we were here in October, the Aspens were beautiful too. Trailhead was super easy to find with these directions! 

Beautiful trail with Aspens changing color. If you follow the directions in AllTrails and park off Hwy 50, it is a 3 mile hike to the trailhead. The walk is nice through the forest, but it cut our hike short due to a change in weather shortly after we reached the trailhead. Higher clearance vehicles can be helpful in a few spots along the road off past the dam - plenty of parking at the trailhead.

off road driving
8 months ago

To those that don't like the motos on this trail... it was built by dirtbikers and is maintained by dirtbikers. It does not allow ATVs.

Didn't do but a couple miles and then back. Just checking out on my last day in the area. Will be back for more.

backpacking
10 months ago

Since I found this trail on alltrails.com I feel like I should write a review.

We backpacked this route with 5 teens and two adults for a 2 night out and back. First the drive was a bit tough as the road is very narrow and very rough. No place to turn around or move aside if there is another car coming at you - not sure what you would do in that case. We have an SUV and it was fine but anything closer to the ground would not work. Follow the signs for Forest Service land and go until the dirt road ends at the trail head. Whew - an experience in itself

The trail is uphill for 4 miles and at one point it is all rocks for 1/4 mile - very steep and slow going. Nice beaver ponds and lots of flowers and aspens and it basically follows Pass Creek the whole way. Not a trail for novices.
Once we got to the lake we found a campsite close to the trail immediately to the left with room for 3-4 tents. One other group came up with 8 people and found another campsite across the stream. During the two days there were a few day hikers and one other overnight group. Most of the day hikers were fly fishing.
The lake is a typical alpine lake, shallow and cold - very muddy bottom - small trout not too difficult to catch. Coyotes were in the area and we could hear them in the evenings but never saw any.
Overall a good out of the way trip with a hike that is more difficult than we expected.

10 months ago

We had a great hike on Greens Creek. It does appear to be a popular downhill mtn bike trail so as long as you are aware of possible bikers coming down, you will be fine. It's a beautiful trail with variety of landscapes and terrain. It does appear to go much further than 3.6 miles however. We only went that far but you can take it all the way to where it meets the Monarch Crest Trail.

hiking
10 months ago

I'm a native of Colorado and just recently moved to Salida. I have NEVER seen a trail that allows hikers and Moto (dirt bikes, atvs) allowed on the same trail!! This trail allows; hikers, Mtn bikers, horses, and Dirt bikes! Insane. My dog and I almost got hit by 8 dirt bikes flying down the trail. Not cool. I'm all for sharing the trail with horses and Mtn bikers, but nothing motorized.

Not the easiest to get to (driving) but the hiking was nice. Lots of water along the trail for the pooch to hike along!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail on the easier side of moderate. We parked near the dam because we weren't sure there was room at the trailhead for our long truck. Turns out there was plenty of room - stock SUVs and trucks should have no problem going all the way to the trailhead. Very pretty trail through aspens and pine forest, much of it following the creek.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail, switching between tree cover and open semi-arid terrain. Great for dogs, with plenty of opportunities for them to grab a drink from the creek. Hiked this trail on July 4th - even then, ran into very few people.

6.6.17. This was a nice, singletrack trail. It was close to town so didn't require a long drive and we were looking for a less strenuous hike. North Backbone is only 6.4 round trip. We added on Lil' Rattler (both ways) to make an 8+. This trail is very narrow. At some points, there are steep grades on both sides, which was problematic when we encountered bikers. Sometimes the only place to get out of the way was on a steep incline of loose gravel. I'm not sure if the bikers thought we could hear them coming but none of them gave us much notice (at times when I know they could see us ahead of them for a little bit.) So a word of caution to bikers - announce early because the hikers can't hear you. A couple of times I felt like I endangered them because I didn't have enough notice to find secure footing.

trail running
11 months ago

Did a nice and easy 7 mile run while checking out Salida. Ran Sweet Dreams-Backbone-to the S on Salida Mtn and Lil Rattler. Awesome windy single track. Very active town and a lot of people using the trails!

hiking
11 months ago

We took the Lil Rattler trail with two 6 year olds over Memorial Day weekend. The trail was fine, great views and pretty easy BUT we ended up cutting the bike short because there were SO many bikers we had to stop nearly every 3-5 minutes to let people pass. It was just way too crowded. Frankly, this trail should be designated for just one use. It's single track to there's no shoulder and it's cumbersome to pass. It's just too popular and not big enough for bikers AND hikers AND horses.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

We took our 2 dogs on this trail. We loved it. There was no trail marker indicating when you hit the end of the 3.6 miles. We went 5 miles out and then back. Trail was clearly marked. We only saw one other group The whole 10 miles. We turned around when we hit consistant snow covering the trail. It was slushy and we all kept sinking in the snow. Great day! I love the sound the trees make when the wind blows and the cool wind felt great! We saw absolutely no wildlife. Okay maybe some birds, but that was it.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sure a nice trail. However, we went hiking and could only find our way by following the ski tracks in the snow. It was too early for hiking and too late for skiing. Summer or winter would be our recommendation; unless you want to post hole and guess where you are going. Try this one after the end of May; depending on annual snow load.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Beautiful trail with stunning views from higher view points, yet a bit early this year for hiking. We ran into deep snow banks after an hour, without a clear sign of the trail. Since the trail does not go along the creek for the entire hike we had to carefully watch for trimmed tree branches to find our way. Very shortly before the end we had to turn around, since it was too much post holing for our old dog. Even so, it was a beautiful hike and a trail we want to experience later in the season.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Stopped at the beaver dam

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