Explore the most popular walking 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
6 days ago

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

hiking
6 days ago

Don’t be fooled by the guide when it tells you you’ve arrived. The only marked trailhead in the parking area is for the Monarch Crest Traill. You’re looking for a trailhead on the other side of US Hwy 50 next to a yellow “steep grade” warning sign.

hiking
8 days ago

Summer - Looking for shaded place up in elevation. Perfect trail. Lots of shade and easy inclines. Parking at the trailhead. Ran into a few hikers (weekday) Love hiking a loop. Wish it was a couple miles longer.

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

Bring lots of water

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.

walking
2 months ago

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

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.

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
10 months ago

If you like to hike and have done other hikes in this area, don't do this one. Some good views, but you are right by the hwy for a lot of this hike and hear semi's and cars a lot of the time. Very short, very easy hike (you won't sweat at all). Don't get me wrong, it is pretty, but not secluded and peaceful.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great, relatively short trail, definitely on the easier side of moderate (there is a spot where you can climb up to get great views that isn't really part of the trail - that is the most difficult part). The trail starts just west of the Monarch Pass gift/food shop on the other side of Hwy 50. We chose to take the loop clockwise. A steady climb at first but it levels out. Once you get to the old Monarch Pass, you walk east along the road a little bit until the trail picks up again. Views all along were spectacular!

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mild terrain. Very cool scenery.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Great trail for all types. A kinda choose your own hike thanks to the many trails in this system. Pathways are visible and easy to hike. I would suggest for beginners to start at the Rivers Edge parking lot and take the frontside trail from here, so you do not have to ascend the mountain to get back to your vehicle. We made a loop and started on the frontside trail to lil rattler and then the lower sand dunes trail back to rivers edge parking lot. Total of about 4 miles.

hiking
Friday, July 31, 2015

Great 1/2 day hike. Went on a Sunday morning picnic and had most of the lake to ourselves. The road getting to the trailhead was pretty rough for a passenger car.

hiking
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

This trail is in Nathrop, it begins where the Alpine Tunnel trail head begins. At the end of CR 295. I hiked but 4wd were all over the place and one can drive almost to the lake. There are a lot of old buildings falling down from the town of Hancock which existed from 1880-1910. When the railroad pulled out. The hike was easy short.

cross country skiing
Friday, August 23, 2013

Great for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

hiking
Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Arkansas Hills trails are fabulous for bikers, hikers, and dogs. Living in the area, I've been on them many times and I always see others enjoying them as well. The trails are well-maintained and you have many options depending on how much time and energy you have. Some trails stay low between the hills, some run along the edges, and some are up top on the ridges. The trail head (by Tenderfoot Hill/S-Mountain) has a good sign with tons of trail info.

road biking
Sunday, July 22, 2012

This is an easy bike ride from the Arkansas River to the west side of town (on Hwy 50). The trail is paved the whole way and has a gentle uphill trend. There is a fun dog park halfway up this trail if you happen to be walking your dog. This trail ultimately gives a more direct route to Wal-Mart from downtown without having to go on the highway.

mountain biking
Monday, April 09, 2012

Nice psot man i really appreciate your wirk thanks for sharing with us!

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