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Arkansas Hills (aka S-Mountain or Tenderfoot Hill)

Frontside: The gateway to the Arkansas Hills Trail System – Year round

Normal Season: Year round
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

The gateway to the Arkansas Hills Trail System

The Frontside trail starts at the bottom of Tenderfoot Mountain, intersects with Burnpile, and makes its way to the parking lot off CR 176. Here you can pick up Lil Rattler.

Lil Rattler: Connector trail – Year round

Normal Season: Year round
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

Connector trail

Lil Rattler starts from the parking lot off CR 176 and winds its way to CR 173 where it connects to Backbone.

Burnpile: a quick descent off Frontside – Year round

Normal Season: Year round
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

a quick descent off Frontside

Burnpile is a connection of old fire lines – full of tight switchbacks. This trail gives you a quick descending option off Spiral Drive or off Frontside.

Backbone: NW/SE connector – Year round

Normal Season: Year round
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

NW/SE connector

Backbone is one of the main trails in the system connecting west to east with Tenderfoot, Sand Dunes and Cottonwood trails.

Sand Dunes: Full of sand and rock features – Year round

Normal Season: Year round
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

Full of sand and rock features

One of our only one-way riding trails – this trail should be ridden from north to south. The top section is accessed from CR 173 and is a bit steeper than the bottom section that can be accessed from Backbone.

North Backbone: Construction Complete – Year Round (weather permitting)

Normal Season: Year Round (weather permitting)
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

North Backbone is one of our latest projects and has recently been completed. This 3 mile trail connects CR 175 and CR 173. This trail has a bit of everything – tight rocks, tight trees, wide open riding. Take the time to stop and admire the expansive views of the Collegiate Peaks and Sangre de Cristo Mtns.

Prospector: short and sweet! – Year round

Normal Season: Year round
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Advanced

short and sweet!

Prospector is a short trail but tons of fun. Expect to hike your bike if you ride it west to east. From the east side, climb off of Cottonwood and bomb down into Sand Dunes just above Backbone

Pauli: newly re-routed. tight and twisty – Year round

Normal Season: Year round
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

newly re-routed. tight and twisty

Pauli trail was re-routed in September of 2010. It is tight, twisty and is the best way to access Unkle Nazty. To find Pauli trail, climb CR 173, past the entrance to Upper Sand Dunes to the the first spur road on the right. Head up the spur road 300ft and look for the singletrack heading off to the left.

Unkle Nazty: Rocks, rocks and more rocks – Year round

Normal Season: Year round
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Advanced


Rocks, rocks and more rocks
Unkle Nazty is our most technical trail. Expect lots of rocks and drops that require some handling skills. Pick your line and cruise down into the top of Prospector.

Cottonwood Trail

Normal Season: Lower Cottonwood can be ridable year round, but there is a seasonal closure on Upper Cottonwood (Salsa and Rhumba trails) from Dec 15 to March 15.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

Absolute Bikes offers a shuttle to the trail head on CR 175.  If you opt to climb it is 8 miles from downtown Salida to the trail head.  Not a terrible climb but for a fit rider it’s about an hour of constant climbing.  The trail itself is mostly new due to collaboration between Salida Mountain Trails, BLM, and Forest Service.  It’s rolling at first, then a fun descent, followed by another rolling climb to the start of Rumba Trail.  Take a moment at the start of Rumba to enjoy the view – from the Sangre de Cristo range in the east all the way around to Mount Harvard in the Collegiate Peaks to the west.  It is one of the best views in the area!  From here it is mostly downhill back into the rest of the Ark Hills trail system.  Good times.

Lookout Loop: Fun and scenic doubletrack ride out north of Salida – March through December

Normal Season: March through December
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

Fun and scenic doubletrack ride out north of Salida

This ride is remarkably fun for doubletrack. It starts with a climb from Salida’s 7000 foot elevation to 9000 feet, then takes a rolling descent back to town on a jeep road that is really quite technical at times. It offers some of the best views in the valley. The grand vistas include the Sangre de Christo Range south of Salida, the massive Sawatch Range west of town, and the valley floor. In some places you see all three at once.

Directions: ride west from Absolute Bikes on 1st Street/Highway 291 and watch for a right turn on County Road 175 just at the edge of town. Cross the Arkansas, take an immediate right turn to continue on 175, then just stay with it. The road turns to dirt about a mile and a half from the river. Keep climbing for another 5 miles or so until you see right turn, marked 181. About 1 mile from 175 you will encounter a right turn, downhill, marked 173. Follow 173 all the way down until you emerge near Tenderfoot Hill, overlooking Salida. Turn right for about a quarter of a mile, then stay right until you reach the T-intersection with CR175. Turn left on 175 and roll back to town.

Ute Trail to Turret: Dirt Road route up to old mining town – March through December

Normal Season: March through December
Physical Difficulty: Strenuous
Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Dirt Road route up to old mining town

Nice long road climb of more than 2,000 feet, great views, out and back to the sleepy little town of Turret in the Arkansas Hills north of the proposed Browns Canyon Wilderness

Aspen Ridge: High Divide between Salida and Bassam Park – May through November

Normal Season: May through November
Physical Difficulty: Strenuous
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate

High Divide between Salida and Bassam Park

This doubletrack ride is full of grand views and solitude. Huge stands of Aspen line the road which summits at 10,000 feet elevation. Great long ride between Salida and either Buena Vista or Trout Creek Pass. Stunning in autumn when the aspen are in full color.rn

 

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