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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 18 riders

Mountain Biking Backbone

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#460 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#4,695 in the world

This trail serves as a connector between Lil Rattler and Cottonwood. It's also a convenient bail out on Sand Dunes (which intersects it right in the middle) if you want to stay up high in the network and not descend all the way into town.

First added by John Fisch on Oct 9, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
The North end of this trail starts at the top of Lil Rattler and the South end of this trail connects to the bottom of Cottonwood
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  • triton189

    Nice flowy ride if you combine with little rattler. Easy, fast ride right from town. Nothing too technical here but fun none the less.

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  • Richard Hespen

    This is an intermediate trail in the Arkansas Hills trail system.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    While I'll agree with skibum in that this trail is one of the least technical in the trail system, I love the flow on this trail and this segment, combined with Little Rattler, makes for some of the flowiest riding in the region. I love that Arkansas Hills serves up the rocks, but if you find the right spot you can get your flow on as well!

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  • John Fisch

    This is one of the less interesting trails in the system, but given the quality of the system, that's no slam. This is nice singletrack that rides well either up or down and connects well to the really primo trails in the area.

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