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Starvation Creek

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Trail

6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 348' 106 m
Descent: -2,137' -651 m
High: 11,189' 3,410 m
Low: 9,079' 2,767 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Primitive and steep singletrack that offers a shorter option than the traditional 'Crest experience.

Kevin League

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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Description

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 reach an obvious ridge and begin to descend, look for the singletrack on your right. The top of the trail may be overgrown; there is a Forest Service post about 30ft off the road marking the start of the singletrack. If you start climbing again on the doubletrack, you've gone too far.

The initial decent on singletrack 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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Aug 31, 2019
Kiley Berry
Sep 21, 2017
Landon Shumaker
Saved by an Aspen
Sep 9, 2017
Captain Blacksox
Part of the Vapor Trail 125 race. 125mi — 20h 00m
Aug 29, 2017
Russell G
BOLO for post off 2 track at the top(someone stole header sign) Easy to miss start Sick ride Give it an intermediate Nothing technical here
Jul 22, 2017
Matt Matt
Jul 29, 2016
Eric Christensen
Sick
Jun 12, 2016
Dylan Pradas
First mile uphill is 25% snow covered. Ride/walk it. All the downhill is in good condition. Great trail. 6.7mi
Apr 18, 2016
Tara Reddinger-Adams
Great trail, much better than Silver. Ride back up Poncha Pass road to make a loop.

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Following the flow of the creek, lower portion.
Jul 4, 2016 near Salida, CO
Narrow singletrack and along the Starvation Creek Trail
Aug 2, 2013 near Salida, CO
Starvation Creek.
Sep 22, 2016 near Salida, CO
Starvation Creek - fall magic.
Sep 22, 2016 near Salida, CO
Aspen trees dot the Starvation Creek Trail.
Dec 22, 2015 near Salida, CO
Lower Trailhead for Starvation Creek Trail
Aug 2, 2013 near Salida, CO

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