Starvation Creek

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Rank: #1 in the San Luis Valley area
#28 in CO, #58 Overall
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Aug 22 Green - Dry with 2 Fallen Trees 2/3rds in
Trail in the area near Salida,
“Primitive and steep singletrack that offers a shorter option than the traditional 'Crest experience.”
Kevin League on Aug 8, 2013
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6.710.8 milesKilometers 348’106 m Ascent 11,189’3,410 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
Singletrack Type -2,137’-651 m Descent 9,079’2,767 m Low 31% Max Grade (17°)
Starvation Creek is one of the "children" of the Monarch Crest Trail. The Starvation Creek Trail provides an option for those that want a shorter Monarch Crest experience, than the traditionally longer (but better) Silver Creek / Rainbow Trail ending. The trail is steep and primitive, dropping quickly through the Starvation Creek drainage.

Access the trail from Marshall Pass. Pedal south and turn left on Poncha Creek Road (FR 203), and then take a right on Starvation Creek Road. After about two miles you'll be begin to descend, look for the singeltrack on your right.

The initial decent on singetrack is very steep, once you are down near the creek this rugged trail follows the creek closely until it pops out back onto Poncha Creek Road.
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PHOTOS of Starvation Creek
  3.6 from 5 votes
Following the flow of the creek, lower portion. (Salida, CO)
  3.5 from 4 votes
Narrow singletrack and along the Starvation Creek Trail (Salida, CO)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Aspen trees dot the Starvation Creek Trail. (Salida, CO)
  1.7 from 3 votes
Lower Trailhead for Starvation Creek Trail (Salida, CO)