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Old 05-15-2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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Rainbow trail in CO tracks?

Does anyone have a track log of the entire Rainbow trail that they would be willing to share? I am riding through CO in July and really want to ride this trail.
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Old 05-18-2007, 02:04 PM   #2
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I've ridden all of the Rainbow Trail. A gps is really not required. The trail is signed pretty well. Once you're on it, there's really not all that many places where you can get off it, that you would want to anyway. A paper map will do you fine if you don't find a track file of it by the time you want to go. I wouldn't let not having a track file stop you from riding the trail.

Some winter runoff overflowing onto the trail:
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Old 05-18-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info, have any more pics from the trail? This going to be a great addition to my TAT ride.
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:42 PM   #4
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I have a few more pics in this album.

http://rides.webshots.com/album/353930623fbaZRO
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:04 PM   #5
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Rainbow trail? where is it anyway

Hi I live in Golden,and I do not know about the trail,could you direct me? thank you.....Bob Billen
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Old 09-14-2007, 09:57 PM   #6
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Hi Bob,
The trail is about 100 miles long and runs along the east side of the Sangre De Cristo range between Salida and to just south of Westcliffe. Access to the trail can be made off Hiway 69 at several points. Most notably, Alvarado, Lake Creek(Lutheran CG), Hayden Creek. You can also get on it from Kerr Gulch and right out of Salida. Also from Hiway 285 just south of the road for Mears Junction. It's popular to park/camp near the mid point of the trail and ride north one day and south another day.

A couple of good maps are the #138 Trails Illustrated/National Geographic map and the Sangre De Cristo map by skyterrain.com.
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:03 PM   #7
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Bump.

I'm looking for any gps data of the trail...anyone?

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Old 10-08-2007, 04:47 PM   #8
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Here's some GPS tracks from my newly found super seceret on-line free source. I like GPS Tracks. Edit: IB telles me that Monarch Crest/silver Creek/ and Rainbow tracks posted here are not the actual rainbow trail in full. I have never run this trail and have no decent topos of the route area. I think these tracks contain only a portion of the rainbow route.

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Old 10-14-2007, 05:09 PM   #9
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rainbow trail

The rainbow trail has an interesting history. It was constructed by the CCC in the 1930's as part of Roosevelt's efforts to get america back to work in the depression. I have ridden the entire length, plus other trips out of the Hayden campground and out of Salida. The most recent trip was out of Westcliff, where it has been so heavily used that it really getting rocky. It is primarily a single track trail, though it seems to be widening. I would be very reluctant to take anything bigger than the KTM 525 that is referenced. It is really a dirt bike trail, not a dual sport trail.
Riders need to be comfortable with shelf trails, which is a trail cut in the side of a hill. The trail is about two feet wide with the pitch of the hill above and below you. You don't want to go off the trail, cause the next stop is a long way down!
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Old 10-15-2007, 05:35 AM   #10
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I rode the Westcliff end back in august on my XR600. It is a fairly tuff trail with lots of rocks. I have a GPS track of the part I did if you guys want it.











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Old 10-18-2007, 07:36 PM   #11
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I rode the Westcliff end back in august on my XR600. It is a fairly tuff trail with lots of rocks. I have a GPS track of the part I did if you guys want it.
That was the question in the first post! Please provide tracks of what you rode. You could also use the draw tool to add what you didn't ride in another color if you know where it is.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:13 AM   #12
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Hmmm. Old thread, but same request- a .gpx of the Rainbow Trail, pls? Anybody got one?
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:39 AM   #13
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Soon I'll be creating a new web page on my site which will have some GPS tracks/routes etc. For now, all I have is the following: http://www.rickramsey.net/GPSfiles/

Click on the ONLY file in the list and save it. The file is in GPX format and it works on National Geographic TOPO; it will probably work in other GPS applications as well.

The file has nine track segments and shows a short section of the Rainbow Tr from Sand Gul to Hayden Cr, plus connecting routes to Salida.

Check out my Rainbow Tr web pages for pictures and a map of the Salida area showing acces to the RBT: http://www.rickramsey.net/RB1.htm
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:58 PM   #14
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Hmmm. Old thread, but same request- a .gpx of the Rainbow Trail, pls? Anybody got one?
Appearently Colorado riders have only graduated to digital cameras but don't yet comprehand GPS.
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:22 PM   #15
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Trailryder 42 is absolutely right. You really don't need gps tracks for the Rainbow trail. There is several places to access it and once you get on it you can't get off of it accidentally. I know gps tracks are nice, I use them a lot. But don't pass up the Rainbow just because you don't have any tracks of it.
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