1 miles
420 ft
-152 ft
Avg time

Frontside 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

If you are up for a healthy climb, Frontside is the fastest way to get from downtown to the Salida Mountain Trails system. The trail is not overly difficult compared to some trails in the area, but be advised that there is a tight switchback and a few narrow, technical rock sections to get over with some exposure all the way up.
Most locals take this trail up so jump on a train and get warmed up fast. It gets a fair amount of hiking traffic so be courteous.

Access Info

At the north end of F street (by the red caboose) is a free parking lot. Head out the chain link fence and along the well worn path along the railroad tracks for 100ft and cross at the railroad crossing (no trains anymore). Turn right at the access road and go East towards the big, industrial building. Soon, a 2 track road will take off to the left. Make your way up this as you cross and ride up a loose, rocky/sandy, dry stream bed a short distance until you see a trail take off to the left heading back towards the S-Mountain. There is often a rock cairn, as well as a few more rock cairns indicating you are going the correct direction. You will cross a drainage where the lower part of Sand Dunes spits out. You will be heading along the front of S-Mountain. The trail ends at the S-Mountain parking lot and a kiosk with a map to plan which trail to take next (most likely Little Rattler).

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Frontside mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    268 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,072 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,340 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,072 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,340 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,556 ft
  • Distance down
    1,909 ft
  • Distance flat
    675 ft
  • Avg time
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on Dec 20, 2017
Avg: 4.15 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to frontside-14004 trailhead (38.537070, -105.985020)
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Frontside Trail Reports

Dec 20, 2017 @ 11:15am
Dec 20, 2017
May 20, 2017 @ 10:28pm
May 20, 2017
No issues.
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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