2 miles
Distance
245 ft
Climb
-291 ft
Descent
00:14:10
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Backbone Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Backbone Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Arkansas Hills Trails
    Salida, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #13125 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking

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.

More Stats for Backbone bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -46 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,416 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,527 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,524 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,479 ft
  • Grade
    -0.509%
  • Grade max
    -21.357%
  • Grade min
    25.871%
  • Distance climb
    3,563 ft
  • Distance down
    4,552 ft
  • Distance flat
    838 ft
  • Avg time
    00:14:10
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:21
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Status:
on May 26, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.45 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Backbone Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 204 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 424 rides
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      Photos

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      7 |
      Aug 30, 2019 @ 1:36pm
      Aug 30, 2019
      25 |
      Sep 6, 2018 @ 3:26pm
      Sep 6, 2018
      20 |
      Jul 12, 2018 @ 1:41pm
      Jul 12, 2018
      44 |
      May 22, 2017 @ 7:56pm
      May 22, 2017

      Routes with this trail

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      Salida 720 Expert Loop race
      13 miles

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