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Silver Creek Trail

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 4.6 (22)

A steep, rocky, loose and narrow section of the Monarch Crest ride.


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Map Key

4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Singletrack

11,228' 3,422 m

High

9,501' 2,896 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,727' 526 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Description

Silver 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.

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Leslie Kehmeier

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  4.6 from 22 votes

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The experience of 2 Spaniards in Monarch Crest IMBA epic. Truly a high altitude mtb experience!
Oct 19, 2018 near Whitepine, CO
Somewhere along Silver Creek Trail on the the Monarch Crest IMBA Epic ride.
Oct 2, 2018 near Saguache, CO
Rolling through an aspen tunnel on Silver Creek.
Sep 25, 2017 near Saguache, CO
Tight singletrack in the high meadows of Silver Creek trail
Oct 5, 2013 near Saguache, CO
Silver Creek starts with a series of switchbacks
Oct 5, 2013 near Saguache, CO
Riding along Silver Creek in primetime aspens!
Sep 25, 2017 near Saguache, CO

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Sep 7, 2019
Tim McCabe
Sep 5, 2019
Joel Lopez
Jul 29, 2019
Lou Hibbard
Sep 17, 2018
Jason Longbrake
Trail was dusty and fast! Check out the video: https://youtu.be/YperyBqa4dQ
Sep 13, 2018
Jason Denley
Aug 4, 2018
Jessica Beaulieu
May 29, 2018
Captain Blacksox
Up Poncha Creek to Marshall, CT to Silver. 25mi — 4h 00m
Sep 25, 2015
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