4,856 ft
312 ft
-119 ft
Avg time

Little Rattler Details

  • Riding Area
    Arkansas Hills Trails
    Salida, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking

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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,899 ft
  • Distance down
    1,389 ft
  • Distance flat
    568 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jun 13, 2018
Avg: 4.35 (6 votes)

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  • Icy
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Directions to little-rattler trailhead (38.544340, -105.988510)
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Little Rattler Trail Reports

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
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