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Level: Advanced
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +597/495 ft
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Rainbow Trail: Bear Creek Thd to Kerr Gulch Thd

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#834 of 1,344 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#8,932 in the world

This section of the Rainbow Trail is about 14 miles one-way, and it runs from the Bear Creek Trailhead, along the border of the Sangre de Cristo wilderness, to the Kerr Gulch Trailhead.
Some sections of this trail are very rutted out from moto use, while others are in good shape. Due to the wilderness area on one side, this section of trail is quite remote, and offers up some gorgeous views!

First added by Greg Heil on Oct 25, 2013. Last updated May 11, 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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  • propwash

    lots of hike a bike. will not return

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  • tomcat32

    This section of the Rainbow is rough and unforgiving. The climbs and descents are very rocky and washed out. You will get a very short section of velvety smooth singletrack and then start climbing up rock gardens. Expect to walk a lot. Motorcylces certainly didn't help the trail in this stretch. It does offer nice solitude and a few views but I doubt I will return to it. I have pictures showing the roughness and a full trip report at:

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    The initial climb up and over the ridgeline consists of a very steep, extremely-washed out trail thanks to the motorcycle usage. It's a hike-a-bike up, and a steep drop down the other side. If you ride this section as an out-and-back, be prepared for the hike a bike back up and over.
    I only rode the first 6 miles of this segment to the Hunts Lake Trail, but after the initial washed out ridge the quality of the trail improved substantially. There were still a few small hike a bikes, but overall it wasn't bad.
    There were some great views along this portion of trail as well, which offered some redemptive quality.

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