2 miles
427 ft
-483 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Backbone Trail
  • BLM
    Land Manager

Backbone Details

  • Riding area
    Arkansas Hills Trails
    Salida, Colorado
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • 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
    7,404 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,533 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,533 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,477 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,828 ft
  • Distance down
    4,673 ft
  • Distance flat
    302 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jan 8, 2018
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)

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Backbone Trail Reports


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May 22, 2017 @ 7:56pm
May 22, 2017
Backbone, Salida
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Feb 10, 2016 @ 6:19pm
Feb 10, 2016
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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