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


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6.4

Miles

10.2

KM

Singletrack

11,184' 3,409 m

High

9,081' 2,768 m

Low

326' 99 m

Up

2,115' 645 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kevin League with improvements by Marcel S and 1 other

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Upper Starvation
Sep 21, 2022 near Whitepine, CO
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

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