Rainbow Trail: Methodist Mountain Thd to Bear Creek Thd

5.00 out of 5
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↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
The Rainbow Trail runs along the ridge for 5.7 miles one-way from the Methodist Mountain trailhead to the Bear Creek Trailhead.

Loop Description:
From beautiful downtown Salida head east on US Hwy 50, gently descending on a good shoulder for 3.7 quick miles. Turn right (south) onto CR 101 and begin climbing on a well maintained dirt road. Pass a large pullout, cross a cattle guard and enter USFS lands after 3.2 miles. At the cattle guard, CR 101 turns into FR 101; the road becomes rugged and the climbing becomes fierce. Continue on FR 101 for 2.7 miles, staying straight at all intersections, crossing Bear Creek and finally reaching the Rainbow Trail Trailhead. Turn right onto the Rainbow Trail and start enjoying some fine singletrack. The trail climbs out of and descends into several small drainages maintaining an elevation of ≈ 9,000 feet. After 6 miles of terrific singletrack, you reach a trailhead at the junction of the Rainbow Trail and FR 108. Turn right and descend on the rugged and steep FR 108. After 1.6 miles your route turns into a graded and improved CR 107. Shortly after CR 107 turns into pavement and continues to descend for 3 miles, turn on the afterburners! Finally you reach US Hwy 50.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (12 total check-ins)
  Greg Heil   on May 25, 2019
  straubad   on Oct 23, 2018
  bairdtrek   on Sep 28, 2018
  Jeff Flack   on Aug 4, 2018
  BeanSoup   on Jul 24, 2017
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Reviews (3)

Bunny Hop

June 8, 2015
shawnCOS. Bunny Hop  
Review: Awesome!. As of June 5, 2015 tacky for the most part. But slippery and places.

Bunny Hop

January 15, 2015
tomcat32 Bunny Hop  
Review: Fast, fun, flowy, singletrack. It's a shame the entire Rainbow doesn't ride like this. I have ridden this as a big loop combining the Salida Mountain Trails on Methodist Mountain for a loop. The full loop I would consider advanced but just this section is intermediate riding. I have pics and a full review at:

Similar Trail: Rainbow Trail from Silver Creek-285

World Champ

October 23, 2013
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: The segment of this trail that I rode was just awesome! Flowy, fast, some rocks, gorgeous views, beautiful creeks, big pines--man was it fun! I didn't want to drop off onto the Columbine trail when I did, but of course that bomber descent back down the mountain was a ton of fun as well. You just can't go wrong up here!

Update: the section of this trail past the Columbine trail is fantastic as well. Definitely the best portion of the Rainbow Trail!

Rainbow Trail: Methodist Mountain Thd to Bear Creek Thd MTB Trail 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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