4,856 ft
Distance
312 ft
Climb
-119 ft
Descent
00:10:35
Avg time

Little Rattler Details

  • Riding Area
    Arkansas Hills Trails
    Salida, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #13130 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking

Many of the rides on the Arkansas Hills system will start out with a climb that includes Little Rattler. It is an easy/intermediate trail that climbs out of the S-Mountain parking lot. It meanders up and around a few hills and then meets the spiral drive road. At this point, you can take the road downhill and back to the parking lot for a really short ride (good for someone coming from low elevation). Otherwise, turn uphill and continue on Little Rattler as it climbs up some rougher (yet still plenty wide and not too steep) trail. As you crest a ridge, you lose sight of town. You get a few short breathers as the climbing mellows out and then steepens several times. Little Rattler joins CR 173 (a rough 2 track road) right were Backbone begins. Your options are to take Backbone east to a variety of loop options or head up the loose CR 173 to North Backbone or further still to Sand Dunes, Pauli, or Uncle Nazty for the hardcore folks.

Little Rattler is a good trail to introduce mountain bikers to the Arkansas Hills trails system. Be advised that if Little Rattler is too tough, turn around and head back down Little Rattler. All other trails beyond Little Rattler are tougher. Give it a try. It's a fun and sometimes flowy trail headed back downhill.

Little Rattler is one of the busiest trails so keep an eye out for other users (and rattle snakes).

Access Info

Make your way to the S-Mountain parking lot. The trail takes off near the Salida Mountain Trails kiosk.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Little Rattler bike trail
  • Altitude change
    193 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,340 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,538 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,340 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,533 ft
  • Grade
    3.976%
  • Grade max
    -43.24%
  • Grade min
    73.5%
  • Distance climb
    2,899 ft
  • Distance down
    1,389 ft
  • Distance flat
    568 ft
  • Avg time
    00:10:35
  • Avg reverse time
    00:06:16
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Status:
on Jun 13, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • One Direction

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  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Little Rattler Trail Reports

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      Jun 13, 2018 @ 7:28am
      Jun 13, 2018
      Dec 20, 2017 @ 11:15am
      Dec 20, 2017
      May 20, 2017 @ 9:28pm
      May 20, 2017
      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!
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      Jul 12, 2018 @ 1:41pm
      Jul 12, 2018
      Little Rattler, Sparta

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