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Methodist Mtn: Spartans and Little Rainbow Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (30) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun 6-mile singletrack loop on Methodist Mtn.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,895' 2,406 m

High

7,637' 2,328 m

Low

454' 138 m

Up

455' 139 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This clockwise loop connects fun, flowy "new school" Spartan trails via a few miles of Little Rainbow trail.

Description

Park at (or ride to) the new Spartan Connector Parking lot along CR110. Ride the new Spartan Connector trail, then turn left (east) onto Spartan East after crossing CR110; this gently rolling trail is just over 1.6-mile long.
At the intersection with Little Rainbow turn right (west), onto Little Rainbow. This 2-mile section of Little Rainbow will have some longer climbs, a few can be a bit of a grind. Pass the Skull trail, continue on Little Rainbow. When you get to the trailhead/parking lot, look for the Spartan West trail sign, slightly up and across from the trail kiosk.
Start on Spartan West. After a short initial section, cross the road (CR110) and continue. This next section is all gentle ups and downs. Enjoy the awesome views to the west of the Sawatch mountains to the west of Salida. Soon you'll approach a cell tower and cross a dirt road. After a small rise, the trail continues to flow further down, crossing several arroyos, until it flattens out when you get back to the intersection with the Spartan Connector trail. Turn left, use the Spartan Connector back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

Marcel S with improvements by N G

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  4.5 from 30 votes

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Photos

Little Rainbow on an early winter day
Oct 10, 2017 near Salida, CO
Little Rainbow shortly after a spring winter storm.
May 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
Great trail for night riding and family rides.
Jul 23, 2019 near Salida, CO
Views along the upper section of the new Spartan West trail
May 25, 2018 near Salida, CO
Rider and dog riding along the new Spartan East trail
May 25, 2018 near Salida, CO
110 Trailhead map.  Someone's hungry for a donation to Salida Mountain Trails!  Please help support maintenance to existing trails and a growing network of great new trails!
Aug 17, 2014 near Salida, CO

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Aug 19, 2021
Bret Murray
11h 57m
Aug 19, 2021
Catherine G
First proper MTB ride! Beautiful day, temperature and views — 1h 15m
Jul 31, 2021
Heath Shifflett
6mi
Jun 29, 2021
Travis LeBlanc
Jun 22, 2021
Kristen Hussar
Jun 14, 2021
Zach Hegwood
Hot day, but fun ride. 6mi
Jun 1, 2021
Private User
Jun 1, 2021
AJ Dexter
5.3mi — 0h 57m