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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +0/61 ft
Total: 9 riders

Mountain Biking Skull

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#632 of 1,346 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#6,499 in the world

Skull is a rocky singletrack trail connected to the Methodist Mountain Trail
system. To access the trail you have to ride Little Rainbow Trail and branch
off from there. It can also be access from a fire road off of Pinon Ridge Trail,
but I think it is better to connect it to Little Rainbow. It is not technical, but
is covered in small rock of different size. A great after work ride. The trail
does have a little slope to is from Little Rainbow, but be prepared for a
small climb back to Little Rainbow.

First added by dasardinta on Aug 16, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 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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Getting there
Approaching Salida from the East on Highway 50, look for the left turn onto
the not-so-well marked Burmac Road. If you see an old garage with a Big O
Tires sign out front, you just passed it. Double back and take the first right
then grab the first left that quickly dumps into a parking area. Park here.
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  • bikecandy

    I'll agree that this trail is more fun than riding the road to connect to Rainbow, but it's consistently covered in rocks marble sized and above. It's basically a trail condition somewhere between one with baby heads and smooth path - you can't glide on it, but you aren't forced to pick a line or worry about getting hung up at all. Worth taking as part of a longer ride linking to the Rainbow sections it meets.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    I actually have to disagree with skibum on this one: I think I would almost rather climb this trail than descend it. I just rode it both directions this evening, and the downhill flow just wasn't jiving for me on this one. However, it is a pretty decent climb, and is way more fun than climbing up the gravel road!

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  • John Fisch

    This is a nice litlle piece of singletrack that will keep you off the pavement a little longer if you are looping the Little Rainbow from town. Better down than up--which works if you're doing the loop clockwise.

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