Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Over the last few days we have hiked practically all of these trails. They are well maintained and offer great views. They range from little or no elevation gain to very steep slopes. There is a good bit of bike traffic, but all riders were very considerate

A nice hike with great views.

Great trail for walking, or taking the kids out, but there are a lot of stops for bikers. Scenery is very nice When you get through town.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite riding areas in the country. My favorite is Beasway to Rumba Ridge to Cottonwood to a small hike up uncle nasty with a shredding downhill on prospector. That is by far one of the best most technical rides that I have done.

backpacking
3 months ago

Backpacked from Hancock Lake trailhead to Boss Lake trailhead. Hancock lake is a beautiful alpine lake! The pass up behind the lake is very steep, but not incredibly long. Amazing views from the top! It marks the halfway point for the Colorado Trail Collegiate West, and boy is it pretty!

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely trail that follows rushing water up a canyon with nice aspen stands. There were a few mountain bikers on the trail when we were hiking it, but it seems a little dicey to hike if there are dirt bikers riding it. The listing has since been updated, but it used to say it was under 4 miles out and back. The trail actually goes almost 8 miles until it hits the continental divide/monarch pass trail. Wrote All Trails support after bumping into a lady at the trail head who looked concerned and said her kids were hiking on it way longer than she had expected. All trails quickly updated it to the full 13.5mi total out and back that it should be if you take it all the way to the CDT. Thanks AllTrails support! :)

off road driving
3 months ago

Fairly short drive from the old hancock townsite. Can get a little rough with bigger rocks and certain points. We did this in a stock 4runner trail with Dunlop grandtrek highway tires aired down to 25psi.

mountain biking
3 months ago

The rating system on this app is so insanely off it is ridiculous. This trail is rated the intermediate. When you get there it is a black diamond or double black diamond Trail depending on the direction you choose. We averaged about 6 miles an hour for the total loop. I typically can average around 14 on our normal single track at home. Very treacherous trail! Absolutely would recommend full
suspension! Do not go to this trail if you are not a very technical rider.

mountain biking
3 months ago

MTB review- this is hard. Definitely mod-hard with tough climbs and super sketchy descents! Fun but not for the average rider. Cool views overlooking the city.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked 4 miles on this beautiful trail - good surface, not technical, and not too steep for the first 2 miles. Follows a creek, so there was water for the dogs. Lots of shade. I went early on a Saturday morning and by 10:00, there were several other people on the trail and groups of mountain bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

This was an easy hike and very well marked, taking me about 3 hours, 20 minutes. It's easy to access from the main road in Salida.

hiking
4 months ago

Jenny trail - After the first mile, Impassable with dog. Rock slide or just large rocks and couldn’t maneuver around them.

on Greens Creek Trail

hiking
4 months ago

only the interference with motorized bikes and mtn bikes - they FLY down - forces this hiker to give the trail a less-than-5-star rating. it's gorgeous. and it goes and goes - the 3.6 mile length posted here seems arbitrary. we went to the point where the trail crosses the creek (5 miles?) and saw no marker along the way. did see plenty of beaver ponds, aspen stands and wildflowers. in this season of extreme drought, this trail feels like Eden.

horseback riding
4 months ago

This was a great trail to ride horses and dogs, lots of water to play in. A little busy with mountain bikes going super fast but everyone was very good about stopping for our horses. The dirt road is tough and narrow to get to trail head, but there is plenty of places to turn a horse trailer around once there.

I loved the views by the lake. It is very peaceful!

Bring lots of water

hiking
5 months ago

GPS watch showed about 12 miles out and back from the trailhead. Loved the patches of snow towards the top of the trail! The shade and the beautiful views made it a great hike. It took us 6.5 hours to complete.

I hike these trails quite often, and they’re great. Some days there can be quite a few people on the trails, so you have to pay attention. My favorite is the North Backbone trail; the views are gorgeous.

hiking
5 months ago

I love this hike - and I return to it often - whether I have time to do the whole trail or not. It is moderate - but has consistently great views across the valley to the mountains.

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

walking
6 months ago

Flat paved there and back trail. Zero cover so bring water.

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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
Sunday, October 08, 2017

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

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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
Friday, October 06, 2017

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! 

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