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Trail

14.5 mile 23.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,641' 500 m
Descent: -1,719' -524 m
High: 11,962' 3,646 m
Low: 10,844' 3,305 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

A classic Colorado high-country ridge run with stunning views

Leslie Kehmeier

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Description

The Monarch Crest starts on the east side of Monarch Pass. This is the drop-off point for shuttle vehicles.

Ride up the dirt road behind the tram building and climb a bit before finding the start of the Monarch Crest Trail on the right. The route begins relatively flat and contours through pines. The tread is fairly smooth with a few roots. After a quick climb on a section of doubletrack, stay right again on singletrack. This segment is a big more technical with roots and a few rocks.

From here the trail is fairly open has spectacular views of valleys and mountains to the west. Stay right (straight) at intersections with Fooses Creek (access to Colorado Trail), Greene's Creek Little Cochetopa. Chipeta Peak looms large and beautiful to the east as you pedal up a short steady climb from Greene's Creek.

Above Marshall Pass, the route opens up into doubletrack and descends quickly. Ride past the pit toilet continuing south. When the road bends right, pedal straigh up the hill and then to the right. Look for Monarch Pass trail on the left.

The route contours again with some short climbs and descents. Most of the time you'll be in the trees with a tread surface that alternates between smooth and rooty.

The Silver Creek Trail intersection will sneak up on you quickly after breaking out into the trees on a quick downhill.

Turn left here for Silver Creek Trail and the Monarch Crest - IMBA Epic.

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Sep 29, 2018
Vinh Nguyen
Completed Monarch Crest Trail -- but crashed before completing Monarch Crest Epic 25mi — 4h 37m
Sep 22, 2018
Chris JD
Aug 27, 2018
Dano Monticelli
Aug 5, 2018
Arius Arius
One of the best high alpine rides I've done. Great scenery!
Jul 31, 2018
Gina Robertson
Beautiful blue bird day, higher traffic from the day before but well worth it to get to Greens Creek!
Aug 27, 2017
Shane Tulp
Aug 12, 2017
Justin Harris
Aug 12, 2017
Dustin Quattrocchi
30mi

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  4.6 from 18 votes

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in Monarch Pass

#177

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#1

in Monarch Pass

#61

in Colorado

#177

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