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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +223/395 ft
Total: 10 riders

Mountain Biking Little Rainbow Extension

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#377 of 1,346 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#3,746 in the world

The little rainbow trail runs about 3 miles one-way up from the upper parking lot for the Methodist Mountain Trail System near the beginning of the Little Rainbow Trail (NOT the Methodist Mountain trailhead high up on the actual Rainbow Trail) until it dead ends on 4x4 road 5668B.
This singletrack is a fantastic piece of trail that swoops down into dips, flies along hillsides, gets serious exposure on top of knobs, and climbs up the side of the mountain. In short, this trail is rocking!
Right now, unless you want to ride a lot of 4x4 road (which would connect you with the official Rainbow Trail), this segment is best ridden as an out-and-back (for a total of a little under 6 miles), but it is a fantastic out-and-back at that!

First added by Greg Heil on Sep 13, 2013. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Start from the Methodist Mountain Parking Lot
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  • bikecandy

    This is a great stretch of trail. I wouldn't say that it's technical, but I'd agree that some of the exposure and side slopes it follows will cause you to pause the first time you ride it. It has a nice flow both out and back and a great addition to a longer Rainbow ride.

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  • Scott Anderson

    A fun addition to Little Rainbow. It starts out pretty mellow but as you progress the trail on the side cuts is definitely narrower than on Little Rainbow. The exposure, for my first ride, was a little more than my pacemaker was calibrated for. Looking forward to getting more comfortable on this one. Combined with Little Rainbow and Racetrack for an out and back this makes for a good length of non-tech singletrack.

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  • kaseytea

    This was a nice easy fun ride for the whole family. The trail has nothing technical and fun up and downs. The trail is loose rocks and easy to slip out on some turns. Still a good beginner trail.

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  • justin70

    Love this trail!
    It is the jewel in the Methodist Mtn for me.
    Thee are a number of tight, exposed corners that all make me smile - well done to the trail builders.

    Seems to be labelled on maps as 'Double Rainbow' now.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Most definitely 5 stars! While not technical in the rocky sense, this trail is narrow, exposed, swoopy, offers great views... yeah, it's just a ton of fun!

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