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An easy loop hike accessible directly from downtown Salida.


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7.2

Miles

11.6

KM

Loop

7,518' 2,292 m

High

7,042' 2,146 m

Low

779' 238 m

Up

779' 238 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

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Family Friendly Non-technical trail.

Overview

This combination of trails accessible directly from the F-Street Bridge Trailhead provides a fantastic loop that's non-technical and easygoing. While hikers will still need to cover 7 miles of trail with almost 800 feet of elevation gain, the trail tread is generally smooth along the way, providing easy going. Despite the easy access and smooth singletrack, the views of the valley below and the mountains in the distance are absolutely gorgeous!

Description

Depart from the F-Street Bridge Trailhead by crossing the train tracks and looking for the signs for Rise-N-Shine. Take a right on Rise-n-Shine and follow the signs along the base of the hills until the trail eventually takes a left up the hillside via a series of stacked switchbacks and corners.

Note: As you hike along Rise-n-Shine along the base of the hillside you'll pass a junction with the Maybe Trail. Hiking up Maybe instead of Rise-n-Shine will create a slightly shorter loop if you so desire, but the uphill on Maybe is a bit steeper.

Once climbing the hill on Rise-n-Shine, continue upward, gaining progressively better views as you climb. Take a left on Dream On to traverse along the top of the ridge, and then a right at the junction with Maybe to head higher up the hill. You'll continue straight/uphill at the junction with Sweet Dreams until the junction with Cottonwood, where you'll take a left turn to head across the mountainside on Backbone.

Backbone rolls up and down along the mountainside on beautiful singletrack. The trail winds in and out of numerous small valleys, providing ever-changing vantage points. Pass the four-way junction with Sand Dunes and the left turn on Tenderfoot until you reach the complex junction on the saddle, at FS 173.

Take a hard left onto Little Rattler and begin descending. Follow Little Rattler past all junctions, all the way to the end at the Frontside Trailhead on Spiral Drive. Pick up Frontside and finish descending all the way back down to F-Street.

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Greg Heil

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Photos

Rise-n-Shine trail.
Apr 11, 2024 near Salida, CO
Climbing the Frontside Trail.
Apr 15, 2024 near Salida, CO
Frontside Trail near Loyal Duke's Grave.
May 5, 2024 near Salida, CO
View from Dream On.
Apr 12, 2024 near Salida, CO
View from Dream On
Apr 12, 2024 near Salida, CO
Bighorn Sheep on Frontside.
May 5, 2024 near Salida, CO

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