Climb up to the Rainbow trail quickly. This trail allows you to skip the steep 2 track climb up to the Rainbow trail Bear Creek trailhead. Instead you can climb this steep singletrack up. While not a very technical trail, it will take some persistent legs and strong lungs to make your way from the dry valley up to higher mountain forest. The first half climbs steeply with a few switchbacks. It mellows out a bit up higher.
You do cut off several prime miles of Rainbow trail if you do choose to climb Columbine instead of the CR 101 (Bear Creek) 2 track.
Columbine makes an OK downhill as well. Watch for awkward corners.
Take County Road 101 south from Highway 50. There is a parking lot at this trailhead.
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More Stats for Columbine mountain bike trail
Altitude change-941 ft
Altitude min7,896 ft
Altitude max8,836 ft
Altitude start8,836 ft
Altitude end7,896 ft
Distance climb408 ft
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat223 ft
Avg reverse time00:10:59
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