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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +104/ -11 ft
Total: 9 riders

Mountain Biking Rusty Lung

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#516 of 1,373 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#5,407 in the world

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.

First added by Greg Heil on Oct 2, 2017. Last updated Apr 18, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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