3 miles
Distance
666 ft
Climb
-691 ft
Descent
00:33:34
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of North Backbone Trail
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    BLM
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North Backbone Details

  • Riding area
    Arkansas Hills Trails
    Salida, Colorado
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking

North Backbone is one of the best technical XC trails in the area. It can be ridden from either direction or as an out and back. The stand-out features of North Backbone are its sections of rough rock slabs in the middle section. They will challenge the best of climbers. Scamper up what you can - many riders will be hiking short sections. The rest of the trail is a mix of swoopy hillside in pinions with lots of rocks in and around the trail to catch a pedal or rob you of momentum.

Access Info

The trailhead on the east side starts at the top of a steep, loose climb on CR 173. The west side trailhead is on CR 175 and has a parking lot and kiosk.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for North Backbone mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -25 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,573 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,723 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,619 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,595 ft
  • Grade
    -0.155%
  • Grade max
    -55.601%
  • Grade min
    110.254%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    738 ft
  • Avg time
    00:33:34
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:57
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Status:
on May 21, 2017
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)

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North Backbone Trail Reports

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May 21, 2017 @ 8:35am
May 21, 2017
May 20, 2017 @ 9:28pm
May 20, 2017
Dec 20, 2016 @ 3:03pm
Dec 20, 2016
Some snow on north facing slopes (12/20/16)
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:13am
Dec 18, 2016
Snow from 12/17/16 storm.
Dec 3, 2016 @ 8:52am
Dec 3, 2016
~1in of snow from 12/2/16 storm
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May 20, 2017 @ 3:48pm
May 20, 2017
North Backbone, Lakewood
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May 20, 2017 @ 3:47pm
May 20, 2017
North Backbone, Lakewood
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Nov 4, 2016 @ 9:38am
Nov 4, 2016
| 2 comments North Backbone, Salida
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Apr 7, 2016 @ 9:20am
Apr 7, 2016
North Backbone, Salida

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