This loop incorporate five great sections of Salida singletrack into one sweet ride. Must like climbing...
From the F Street parking lot, cross the railroad tracks and climb up all of Frontside
. All warmed up? Then recover a bit by climbing the easier Lil Rattler
trail all the way to the saddle where it meets the top of Rusty Lung
. Ride straight up the hill towards North Backbone
, but stay right and continue up 173. This is a steep and loose gravel road, which gets tricky in a couple of spots.
Pass the Sand Dunes
trail, keep going up 173. Pass Pauli
and turn left down Dude Abides
! Don't forget to check out the optional features and lines on the way down. At the bottom, turn left on North Backbone
. This will take you back to 173, coast down (mind the gravel) back to the intersection of Lil Rattler
, and Rusty Lung
. Turn sharp right down Rusty Lung
. Be aware of other users around some of the blind turns.
Enjoy the flow, rollers and small jumps, cross Spiral Drive (watch for cars) and continue down lower Rusty Lung
, all the way to the Pepper trails. Turn left on Poblano
, and right on Sgt Pepper
down to the gravel road. Turn sharp left and follow the road towards the railroad cross, turn right to get back to the F Street parking lot.