2 miles
Distance
427 ft
Climb
-483 ft
Descent
00:15:13
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Backbone Trail

  • BLM
    Land Manager

Backbone Details

  • Riding area
    Arkansas Hills Trails
    Salida, Colorado
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Global Ranking

Backbone is the heart of the Salida Mountain Trails system. With it, you can really create a lot of different loops to explore the trail system. Backbone starts at the end of Little Rattler - very convenient. Backbone is a fun, swoopy trail. It's got some rocks, but is not super technical. You get some great views of town as you make your way East. You go down into the drainage that Sand Dunes runs down then up a climb out of the drainage. Some people turn downhill at Sand Dunes for a shorter loop. The trail gets a little rockier as you continue. Once you reach the end, you can head up the Cottonwood trail to Prospector or down and across the drainage for an extended tour of the trail system on Sweetwater.

Access Info

Ride up Frontside and Little Rattler or CR 173.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Backbone mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -55 ft
  • Altitude min
    1 miles
  • Altitude max
    1 miles
  • Altitude start
    1 miles
  • Altitude end
    1 miles
  • Grade
    -0.627%
  • Grade max
    -51.487%
  • Grade min
    136.735%
  • Distance climb
    3,828 ft
  • Distance down
    4,673 ft
  • Distance flat
    302 ft
  • Avg time
    00:15:13
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:38
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Status:
on May 21, 2017
Dry
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Backbone Trail Reports

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May 21, 2017 @ 8:35am
May 21, 2017
May 20, 2017 @ 9:28pm
May 20, 2017
Dec 20, 2016 @ 3:03pm
Dec 20, 2016
Dry with some snow (12/20/16)
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:13am
Dec 18, 2016
~1" of snow from 12/17/16 storm. Get out & have some fun!
Dec 3, 2016 @ 8:52am
Dec 3, 2016
~1in of snow from 12/2/16 storm
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May 22, 2017 @ 7:56pm
May 22, 2017
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Feb 10, 2016 @ 6:19pm
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Backbone, Salida
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Jan 24, 2016 @ 1:23pm
Jan 24, 2016
Backbone, Salida
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Jan 2, 2016 @ 8:52am
Jan 2, 2016
Backbone, Salida

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