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Rainbow Trail - Stout Creek to Big Cottonwood Creek

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Phone
Phone:
719-539-3591
Address
Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
325 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
Basics
Length:
13.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8560 feet
Elevation Range:
7320 feet to 8560 feet
Elevation Change:
-1240 feet
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

This segment of the trail continues along the base of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. The trail offer wonderful views of this dramatic mountain range.

Motorized vehicles are prohibited in the Sangre de Cristo wilderness.

Length:
13.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8560
Elevation Range:
7320 feet to 8560
Elevation Change:
-1240
Season:
Summer to Fall
Basic Directions

From Kerr Gulch: Traveling east from Howard, CO, turn right on BLM Road 6110(Kerr Gulch). Stay on this road for approximately 4 miles to BLM Road 6117. Take Road 6117 and travel for 1 mile to the trailhead. This road is accessible by high-clearance vehicles only. Road conditions can deteriorate during wet weather.

From Hayden Creek:From Coaldale, CO take County Road 6, southwest for about 5 miles, passing Coaldale campground. The Rainbow Trail crosses the road about .25 mile past the campground.

From Big Cottonwood:From Coaldale, CO travel southwest to County Rd. 40. Travel south on this road for 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

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