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114 mi 183 km of trail 10 Rides

Easy Trails 0 Trails Intermediate Trails 7 Trails Hard Trails 13 Trails

Camping & Lodging

The Tomichi Lodge (alt 10,300'), nestled in the town of Whitepine in the Gunnison National Forest, offers direct access to the Canyon Creek Trail, Boss Lake, Tomichi Pass (11,985'), Bald Mountain (12,851') and Monumental Peak (13,343'). Enjoy a rustic mountain experience with some key comforts including four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, electricity, indoor plumbing with hot showers and a seasonal, outdoor cowboy hot tub. Your mountain adventure basecamp awaits you.

Rides in Monarch Pass - 10

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Favorite Monarch Crest
Difficult

Monarch Crest - IMBA EPIC

36.2 mi 58.3 km • Point to Point • 2,035 ft Ascent 620.31 m Ascent

(290) Whitepine, CO
Favorite Monarch Crest
Difficult

Monarch to Fooses Creek

13.9 mi 22.3 km • Point to Point • 638 ft Ascent 194.32 m Ascent

(35) Whitepine, CO
Favorite Colorado high country riding at its best on the Canyon Creek Trail.
Difficult

Canyon Creek Loop

19.6 mi 31.6 km • Loop • 3,576 ft Ascent 1089.88 m Ascent

(26) Whitepine, CO
Favorite Monarch Crest
Very Difficult

Monarch Mind Bender

88.3 mi 142.2 km • Point to Point • 10,554 ft Ascent 3216.82 m Ascent

(1) Salida, CO
Favorite Monarch Crest
Difficult

Monarch Crest to Agate Creek Loop

36.6 mi 59.0 km • Loop • 4,432 ft Ascent 1350.84 m Ascent

(6) Salida, CO
Favorite A few natural obstacles along the way.
Difficult

Hwy 285/Mears Junction - CR 47YY/Silver Creek Rd - Rainbow Trail Loop

19.6 mi 31.6 km • Loop • 1,437 ft Ascent 438.02 m Ascent

(5) Salida, CO
Favorite Rainbow Trail on a fall evening.
Difficult

Rainbow Trail #1336

98.1 mi 157.8 km • Point to Point • 14,891 ft Ascent 4538.67 m Ascent

(1) Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Colorado high country riding at its best on the Canyon Creek Trail.
Difficult

Canyon Creek Megacalorie

25.7 mi 41.4 km • Point to Point • 4,203 ft Ascent 1281.05 m Ascent

(1) Alpine, CO
Favorite Views from the Colorado Trail
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Normal Route

89.3 mi 143.7 km • Point to Point • 10,212 ft Ascent 3112.69 m Ascent

(1) Salida, CO
Favorite Views from the Colorado Trail
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Long Route

105.8 mi 170.3 km • Point to Point • 11,781 ft Ascent 3590.8 m Ascent

(1) Salida, CO

Trails in Monarch Pass - 9

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6.8 mi 11.0 km #1Green's Creek
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
6.8 mi 11.0 km Salida, CO 31 
14.5 mi 23.3 km #2Monarch Crest Trail
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
14.5 mi 23.3 km Salida, CO 22 
11.9 mi 19.1 km #3Canyon Creek Trail
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
11.9 mi 19.1 km Salida, CO 12 
11.3 mi 18.2 km #4Rainbow Trail #1336: Silver Creek to Mears Junction Hwy 285
Difficult
Saguache, CO
Difficult
11.3 mi 18.2 km Saguache, CO 25 
21.0 mi 33.8 km #5CT - Segment 14: Chalk Creek to US-50
Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
Difficult
21.0 mi 33.8 km Buena Vista, CO 17 
8.6 mi 13.9 km #6CDT Chalk Creek Pass
Difficult
St. Elmo, CO
Difficult
8.6 mi 13.9 km St. Elmo, CO
10.0 mi 16.2 km #7Agate Creek Trail #484
Difficult
Whitepine, CO
Difficult
10.0 mi 16.2 km Whitepine, CO
14.5 mi 23.3 km #8CT - Segment 15: US-50 to Marshall Pass
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
14.5 mi 23.3 km Salida, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km #9Forest Road #888
Difficult
Whitepine, CO
Difficult
4.5 mi 7.3 km Whitepine, CO

Photos of Monarch Pass - 71

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Monarch Crest
Sep 7, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Somewhere on the Monarch Crest Trail
Jul 13, 2015 near Salida, CO
Aspen Grove along the Chalk Creek Segment
Apr 9, 2013 near Salida, CO
Riding above treeline. Probably the highest I have ever ridden my bike. Lung busting altitude.
Oct 12, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Beautiful summer morning on the 'crest
Aug 10, 2016 near Salida, CO
There's snow in them hills!
Sep 25, 2017 near Whitepine, CO
Late October on the Monarch Crest.
Nov 1, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
The beautiful view before starting the Fooses descent
Aug 24, 2015 near Salida, CO