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↑ 2,800 ft
↓ 2,500 ft

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Updated description 7/7/14:

The brand-new section of the Cottonwood Trail begins at the parking lot at the junction of CR 175 and 181. From there, this brand-new singletrack rolls across the hillside, with flowy corners and swooping, gradual climbs and descents. It then junctions with FS 173. Take a right on 173, and then in a mile or so a left off the road to drop into the classic Cottonwood Trail in the Cottonwood Drainage. The trail follows the drainage all the way down into the Arkansas Hills Trail System, which then affords several different options to finish the descent into the town of Salida.

While the trail across the top is pretty easy, the descent--especially through the narrow-sided "waterfall" area in the canyon--is technical, with a few very large, challenging features.

This is a great shuttle run close to town, or is a great ~20 mile loop from town.
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ June 17, 2012
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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February 1, 2016
cjsutterer Gramcounter  
Review: Quite a climb to get to the top, like all rides in Colorado, but it was totally worth the effort. Super fast singletrack down through a canyon! Hold on tight, you are in for the ride of your life!

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World Champ

June 18, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: Cottonwood is a ripping trail that has it all! From smooth, flowy sections up top to steep descent to big features to rolling technical descents, this is an entertaining trail that is a fabulous addition to the legitimate Salida trail system! (Review updated 7/7/14)

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Cottonwood MTB Trail 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.
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