1.9 miles
Distance
336 ft
Climb
-739 ft
Descent
00:13:17
Avg time

Sweet Dreams Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Almost year round. Sometimes snowier than the closer trails.
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    BLM and city

You've made your way past the slower traffic on Frontside and Backbone. Your legs are still feeling pretty good and you want more miles before heading back to town. Enter Sweet Dreams. Expect small rocks, big rocks, rocks you may want to pick your bike up and over. It's got a few good climbs and rough descent down Sweetwater Gulch.

To get here, make your way to the end of the Backbone trail as it hits Cottonwood. Head down the Cottonwood drainage for a hundred feet or so and the trail crosses and climbs out of the Cottonwood drainage. The trail cruises along the side of a hill and down into a saddle where it swoops around and continues to the East. You'll see a social trail heading almost straight uphill on your right as you swoop around.

Here is where the trail starts to distinguish itself from the other close in trails of the Arkansas Hills system. You may still catch glimpses of town, you climb up and away from it through more trees. It begins to feel like a mountain ride and the rough rocks all over the trail and beside the trail grab for your pedals and any other dangly bits under your bike. The climbing gets steeper with few breaks between climbs so take it easy and press on. Several recent reroutes have lessened the sting of a few of the climbs.

You do get a small downhill between big climbs and great berms catch you as you carry speed, ducking around trees and testing your traction.

At the end of the last big climb, you drop into a wide drainage scattered with good sized rocks to pick your way around and over - rough going, watch your chainrings. After bouncing your way over these, you drop into the Sweetwater drainage. Drop your seat and hang on. The rough rocks continue as you bound your way around boulders, trees, and sand. Some work has been done to help water drain off the trail and a few berms are scattered here and there to help out the overzealous rider. There are more corners that won't catch you so watch yourself.

At its narrowest, you'll pingpong through slabs of rock. A rollable drop is in here and maybe a little water too.

As the drainage opens up again, the trail will run along it and hop across and out to the left with a short, punchy climb. It then drops into the drainage again and over a large wooden structure leftover from days past. A couple more turns and you hit a 2 track road. You can take a right on this to head back to town or the little trail directly across the 2 track. Both meet again closer to town.

Access Info

To get here, make your way to the end of the Backbone trail as it hits Cottonwood. Head down the Cottonwood drainage for a hundred feet or so and the trail crosses and climbs out of the Cottonwood drainage. The trail cruises along the side of a hill and down into a saddle where it swoops around and continues to the East. You'll see a social trail heading almost straight uphill on your right as you swoop around.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sweet Dreams mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -403 ft
  • Altitude min
    1.3 miles
  • Altitude max
    1.4 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.4 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.3 miles
  • Grade max
    -31.331%
  • Grade min
    29.265%
  • Distance climb
    3,343 ft
  • Distance down
    1.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    511 ft
  • Avg time
    00:13:17
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on Dec 3, 2016
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Sweet Dreams Trail Reports

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Dec 3, 2016 @ 8:52am
2 days
~1in of snow from 12/2/16 storm
Nov 18, 2016 @ 7:45am
Nov 18, 2016
Still dry after 11/17/16 weather
Jun 8, 2016 @ 8:08am
Jun 8, 2016
6/6/16 - Good to go!
Sep 4, 2015 @ 7:39pm
Sep 4, 2015
Loose
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Dec 9, 2015 @ 10:27am
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Sweet Dreams, Salida

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