Cottonwood

--
SHARES
  
AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.83 out of 5
View Topo Map

Advanced
9.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,800 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
7,040
elevation (ft)

Shuttle
Trail Description
About this trail
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
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
Directions to Trailhead
Get Directions
Create a free Singletracks account to get directions to this trail.

Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
 
Please login or create an account to ask a question.
Recommended Trails
Recommended Trails
Heritage Park
Trail 401
Lupine Trail
Porcupine Rim
Monarch Crest Trail
Local Info & Nearby Trails
Trail Check-ins
Trail Check-ins
what's this?
Recent Trail Check-ins     (69 total check-ins)
  Greg Heil   on Dec 16, 2018
  Greg Heil   on Dec 15, 2018
  Brooke Brown   on Oct 28, 2018
  Kim Schemahorn   on Oct 27, 2018
  Dana Greenlaw   on Oct 13, 2018
Photo & Video Gallery (54)
Trail Photos & Videos (54)
 
Reviews (6)
 

Gramcounter

August 22, 2018
 
Review: This is a great ride that you can start right out of town, no shuttle needed. Road ride up that turns into gravel, def a tough climb but worth the workout. We happened to see a GIANT snake right after the trail sign said, big snake. Luckily it was non-venomous. Make sure you bring LOTS of water, its super dry and you can find yourself bonking if you're riding up instead of shuttling. There is a great little canyon that you go through about 80% of the way into the ride and it's got some nice features and drops. You can rent a bike online here: https://www.tripoutside.com/location/salidaco/

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



Singletrack


January 3, 2018
triton189 Singletrack  
 
Review: Holy S&*% what a fun trail! I did this on a longer travel Ibis hd4 and couldn't have been happier. Great flowing berms, lots of chunk and gnar in spots and a pucker section at the "waterfall" that will test the best rider. Hard climb up the county road to get to the trail head but worth it.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



World Champ


September 19, 2017
 
Review: The thing I remember - vividly! - about the Cottonwood Trail is the big rock features in the depth of the Canyon. I love that intensely technical style of riding that keeps you focused and reminds you that you're alive.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



Doubletrack


June 4, 2017
 
Review: So much fun

Similar Trail: 18 road

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



Trailblazer


February 1, 2016
cjsutterer Trailblazer  
 
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!

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



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)

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No


Cottonwood MTB Trail 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
Trail Conditions
Trail Conditions          < / > embed
Loading...
Feature Article
The 20 Best Trails Greg Explored in 2015
0 SHARES | 19 COMMENTS
Watch: Singletracks Rides with the Singletrack Sampler - From 1,000ft to 9,500 in a Day!
110 SHARES | 1 COMMENTS
Video: Building the Cottonwood Trail in Salida, Colorado
0 SHARES | 0 COMMENTS