“A steep, rocky, loose and narrow section of the Monarch Crest ride.”
— Leslie Kehmeier on Oct 3, 2013
DescriptionSilver Creek is a technical descent along its namesake creek. It's a common descent route for the Monarch Crest - IMBA Epic.
The route starts from the intersection with Monarch Crest and dives into a series of switchbacks. Be ready for loose, rocky, and a bit rutted trail in places. Losing elevation quickly, you'll roll out into a narrow open valley. The singletrack tightens up as it begins to parallel the Silver Creek.
From here the route contours across the north side of the drainage. The tread surface alternates from dirt and roots to scree. Keep yourself balanced and ready as you cruise down the valley.
After passing a series of beaver ponds in the drainage below the trail, be prepared for the most technical section of the route. Catch a little air off of a rock drop. You'll find yourself landing in a scenic spot with steep cliffs surrounding you.
The last portion of Silver Creek dives into pine and aspen. You'll cross a wooden bridge, then ride through the creek itself for 100 yards until the tree canopy opens up.
From here you can chose to return via the road or continue onto Rainbow trail.
ContactsLand Manager: USFS - Pike & San Isabel National Forests Office
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