Rainbow Trail (#1336) Methodist Mountain

This section of the Rainbow Trail travels along the base of Methodist Mountain located just south of Salida. This is a great trail to hike, bike or ride motorcycle right from town. The trail stretches east for 5 miles to the Bear Creek trailhead or you can travel west for about 8 miles to the Mears Junction trailhead.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Salida, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Salida Ranger District

General Information


From US Highway 50 turn onto County Road 107(there is a stoplight, across from True Value Hardware) and head south. The road will pass a green house and nursery on the right. Continue on CR 107 to where the pavement ends and the road continues as a dirt road. At this point the road continues up the hill and becomes CR 108. Stay on CR 108 for 4.5 miles to the trailhead.


Parking is available at the trailhead for approximately 6 vehicles

General Notes:

This trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, motorcyles and horseback.


Mountain Biking

General Info:

General Notes

This trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, motorcyles and horseback.

Day Hiking

The Rainbow Trail (#1336) travels from near Poncha Pass and skirts the boundary of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. The trail arches southward for 100 miles and ends near Medano Pass on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo range.

From the Methodist Mountain Trailhead, the trail winds east to Bear Creek for about 5 miles. The trail also travels back to the west reaching Mears Junction at Hwy 285.


Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Trail Riding

The Rainbow Trail (#1336) is open to motorcycles but closed to ATV's and other OHV's.

This portion of the trail travels east from the Methodist Mountain trailhead to the east for 5 miles and ends at the Bear Creek trailhead. The western section of the trail travels west for 8 miles to the Mears Junction trailhead.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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