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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.

Recommended Routes in Monarch Pass - 10

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Favorite Monarch Crest
Difficult

Monarch Crest - IMBA EPIC

36.2 mi 58.3 km 2,035' Up 620.31 m Up 5,890' Down 1795.37 m Down

Whitepine, CO
Favorite Monarch Crest
Difficult

Monarch to Fooses Creek

13.9 mi 22.3 km 638' Up 194.32 m Up 3,152' Down 960.79 m Down

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 3,576' Up 1089.88 m Up 3,589' Down 1093.78 m Down

Whitepine, CO
Favorite Monarch Crest
Very Difficult

Monarch Mind Bender

88.3 mi 142.2 km 10,554' Up 3216.82 m Up 14,424' Down 4396.55 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Monarch Crest
Difficult

Monarch Crest to Agate Creek Loop

36.6 mi 59.0 km 4,432' Up 1350.84 m Up 4,417' Down 1346.18 m Down

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 1,437' Up 438.02 m Up 1,396' Down 425.61 m Down

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

Rainbow Trail #1336

98.1 mi 157.8 km 14,891' Up 4538.67 m Up 14,697' Down 4479.55 m Down

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 4,203' Up 1281.05 m Up 4,344' Down 1324.03 m Down

Alpine, CO
Favorite Mount Princeton is the best backdrop.
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Normal Route

89.3 mi 143.7 km 10,212' Up 3112.69 m Up 10,227' Down 3117.33 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Green room on the CT.
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Long Route

105.8 mi 170.3 km 11,781' Up 3590.8 m Up 11,793' Down 3594.38 m Down

Salida, CO

Monarch Pass Biking

  • 563 Miles 906 Kilometers of Trail
  • 10 Recommended Routes
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 9 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 11 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Monarch Pass - 9

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6.8 mi 11.0 km #1Green's Creek
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 34 
14.5 mi 23.3 km #2Monarch Crest Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO 27 
11.3 mi 18.2 km #3Rainbow Trail #1336: Silver Creek to Mears Junction Hwy 285
Difficult
Saguache, CO
Difficult
Saguache, CO 29 
11.9 mi 19.1 km #4Canyon Creek Trail
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 13 
21.0 mi 33.8 km #5CT - Segment 14: Chalk Creek to US-50
Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
Difficult
Buena Vista, CO 20 
10.0 mi 16.2 km #6Agate Creek Trail #484
Difficult
Whitepine, CO
Difficult
Whitepine, CO 10 
8.6 mi 13.9 km #7CDT Chalk Creek Pass
Difficult
St. Elmo, CO
Difficult
St. Elmo, CO
14.5 mi 23.3 km #8CT - Segment 15: US-50 to Marshall Pass
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km #9Forest Road #888
Difficult
Whitepine, CO
Difficult
Whitepine, CO

Photos of Monarch Pass - 78

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Monarch Crest
Sep 7, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Aspen Grove along the Chalk Creek Segment
Apr 9, 2013 near Salida, CO
Somewhere on the Monarch Crest Trail
Jul 13, 2015 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
At tree line on the 'Crest.
Jul 13, 2017 near Whitepine, CO