Rainbow Tr - 11/21/14 version

The Rainbow Trail is 100 miles long and located in the Sangre de Cristo Mtns south of Salida. About half of it is single-track trail; the rest is ATV trail (south end). The northwest end of the trail is at Silver Cr; the southeast end of the trail is near Medano Pass. Trails Illustrated map #138 'Sangre de Cristo Mountains' and the San Isabel National Forest visitor map show the trail and adjacent access routes, communities, campgrounds and other points of interest. Both are printed on plastic paper, and I like the TI map best.

You can access the far west end of the trail at Silver Cr (near the Kismuth Mine) or jump on the trail south of Salida (you'll miss the first 15 miles of trail) - Map of RBT near Salida    Note that the very west end of the Rainbow Tr is non-motorized (open to bicycles, horseback, and hiking only). This is the section west of the Kismuth Mine. The trailhead for motorized access is east of the mine about 1/4 mile and is easy to spot because there are signs and a sign-in stand.

    More Rainbow Tr pictures         GPX and mileage info

Ride reports on ADVrider:
Bergs Over the Rainbow
/\ Camping Trip: Rainbow Trail, Sand Dunes & Back
Somewhere over the Rainbow

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MarkT on west Rainbow
Note the dry conditions
4/5/02

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DudleyF on west Rainbow
4/5/02
 

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DudleyF above US 285
4/5/02
 

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Oops
East of US 285
4/5/02

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MarkT looking west to the Cont Div
4/5/02

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There's still some snow on the higher peaks
4/5/02

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MarkT in the aspen
Dry, dry, dry
4/5/02

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What?
Don't you ever walk a turn?
4/5/02

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BillP doing repair work
Rainbow Tr west
5/21/02

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WendellA & BillP
Rainbow Tr west
5/21/02

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BillP on Rainbow Tr west
5/21/02

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WendellA on Rainbow Tr west
5/21/02

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Last ride on the Rainbow Tr
10/1/02

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There were a few down aspen that needed clearing

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I like a clear trail
 


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