Rainbow Trail #1336: Mears Junction to Silver Creek
ElevationAscent: 1,425' 434 m
Descent: -466' -142 m
High: 9,506' 2,897 m
Low: 8,523' 2,598 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A relatively smooth and, at times, steep trail with a good mix of up and down and some rocky and loose sections, too.”— Zander Göpfert
Features Fall Colors
Heading west from the Mears Junction end, the trail begins abruptly with a steep and narrow switchback climb from Hwy 285. After a few hundred yards, it levels off through the trees.
The first three or so miles heading west are more challenging with some sustained climbs on trickier terrain. Expect short, technical rocky sections and tricky dips in and out of gulches. After four miles, the trail crosses a dirt road. Continue heading south and west.
The trail continues to ascend gradually as the sustained climbs begin to mellow out a bit, and the trail smooths out some. This trail section ends at Silver Creek and Toll Road Gulch.
Land Manager: USFS - Pike & San Isabel National Forests Office