Rusty Lung is the new-and-improved, legalized version of the oldest mountain bike trail in Salida: Sunset. Sunset was originally kicked in by mountain biking legends Mike Rust (watch "The Rider and the Wolf" for more on Mike Rust) and Don McClung. Hence, the new name: Rusty Lung. Part of the original trail alignment was kept, and the rest of the trail was all-new.
This singletrack now forms a new way to get up the mountain side, running from Spiral Drive up to the saddle at the Little Rattler/Backbone junction, near North Backbone.
While it makes for a good climbing route, the builders (Tony Boone & Co.) definitely created some incredible downhill flow, with rollers, tight berms, jumps, doubles--you name it! While not expressly designed as a flow trail, you can't help but feel like a pro ripping down this incredible descent!
Rusty Lung will undoubtedly become one of the most popular trails in the Arkansas Hills Trail System.