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Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood Creek

Beginning Elevation: 8,820 Feet (2749.4 Meters) North Brush Creek
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,320 Feet (2281.8 Meters) Big Cottonwood Creek
Length: 12.0 Miles (19.3 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 1336
USGS Maps: Electric Peak, Cotopaxi, Coaldale

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General Description

This segment of the Rainbow Trail leads 12 miles north from North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood Creek. This part of the Rainbow Trail may be used by hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and motorcycle riders. Undeveloped sites along the trail and at the trailheads are available for camping. No facilities or drinking water are provided. Fishing is popular from the side trails along the route, particularly at Brush Creek, Rainbow and Balman Reservoir Lakes.

Directions from Salida: North Brush Creek: Drive east on Highway 50 to Cotopaxi. Turn right on Road 1A. Drive approximately 7.25 miles to Highway 69. Turn right on 69. Travel to Hillside where 69 intersects with Road 198. Turn right on to 198 and follow it for less than a mile. Take the first left, which is 191. Follow 191 for 2 miles to 192 forks to the right. Take this fork and follow it almost 3 miles to the trailhead.

Directions from Salida: Big Cottonwood Creek: Follow Highway 50 southeast from Salida to County Road 40 about 1 mile southwest of Coaldale. Take 40 about 3.5 miles to the trailhead. The above sites are accessible by autos and small trucks with small trailers.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through Mid-October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Rainbow Trail (North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood)
ICON Hiking & Walking Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood Creek
ICON Horseback Riding Rainbow Trail (North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood)
ICON Mountain Biking Rainbow Trail (North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood)
ICON Motorcycle Riding Rainbow Trail (North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood)

Related Activities
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: Big Cottonwood Creek - This segment of the Rainbow Trail extends 13.5 miles from Big Cottonwood Creek to Stout Creek south of Salida. It offers excellent views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Sangre de Christo Mountains.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box P, South US 24 , Buena Vista, CO, 81211, Phone: 719-395-6612


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