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
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Year Round
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #17770 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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 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 Aug 26, 2018
Avg: 4.15 (7 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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Jul 12, 2018 @ 1:40pm
Jul 12, 2018
Frontside, Sparta

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