Midland Bike Trail

The 15th most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.

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Just east of Buena Vista, the Midland Bike Trail (#1450) is an eight mile mountain bike ride on the old rail grade with stunning views of the Sawatch Range and the Collegiate Peaks.

To mountain bike ride to the trail from Buena Vista (western trailhead), follow the Barbara Whipple Trail at the east end of Main Street. At the graded road, follow CR304 southeast for 2.5 miles. Watch for the Midland Bike Trail veering left to the east.

To drive up to the Shield Gulch trailhead from Buena Vista (eastern trailhead), head south on US24 for 2 miles into Johnson Village. Turn left heading east on US24/285 for 6 miles. Turn left heading north on FS315 up Shields Gulch for 1 mile. The trailhead is on the left.

Overall, Midland Bike Trail is the 15th most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Midland Bike Trail including Monarch Crest Trail, Rainbow Trail, Arkansas Hills Trail System and Methodist Mountain Trail System.

Midland Bike Trail near Buena Vista (CO/US)

Midland Bike Trail near Buena Vista (CO/US)

Midland Bike Trail near Buena Vista (CO/US)

Midland Bike Trail near Buena Vista (CO/US)

Midland Bike Trail Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  San Isabel National Forest (719) 539-3591; Salida Visitors (719) 539-2068; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Otero Cyclery (719) 539-6704.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bikers Guide To Colorado" from Dan Hickstein

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Antero Hot Spring Cabins (719) 539-8204; Pinon & Sage B&B (719) 539-3227; Woodland Motel (800) 488-0456

Luxury Loding:  River Run Inn (800) 385-6925

Breakfast Restaurant:  First Street Cafe

GPS:  38.83836, -106.02795

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  6/30/2016

ID:  5971

Midland Bike Trail Mountain Biking Map


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