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.

hiking
3 days 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
7 days 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
15 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
9 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
9 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
10 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.

11 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
11 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.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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
Sunday, May 28, 2017

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.

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