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Monarch to Fooses Creek

 20 votes

Length

13.7 Miles 22.1 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

Elevation

786' 240 m

Ascent

-3,280' -1,000 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

11,965' 3,647 m

High

8,809' 2,685 m

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Beautiful views on the start to the Monarch Crest trail, then fun, fast descending on Fooses Creek.

Holly Borowski

Overview

A relatively short 4-5 miles of climbing on the Monarch Crest trail gets you to the Fooses Creek descent. You'll drop ~3,000 feet on fast and extremely fun singletrack.
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Description

Start this ride the same as you would for the Monarch Crest ride - park at the parking lot on the east side of Monarch pass. This ride is best done as a shuttle, so you'll park a car or have someone pick you up about 8 miles northeast of Monarch pass on Hwy 50.

To start the ride, go up the dirt road behind the tram building. Stay right to get onto the Monarch crest singletrack.

After a little under 5 miles, you'll come to a clearing with some big mountain views and the Fooses creek trail intersection on your left. Keep your eyes open because it's not obvious if you're not looking for it. Go downhill onto Fooses Creek trail.

Don't be deterred by the steep, loose scree at the start of the trail - that only lasts for a short section. After that part, you'll get into some moderately technical singletrack with a few roots and rocks. Soon enough after that comes the fast flowy section, which lasts for the remainder of the singletrack. To finish up, you'll take the dirt road down to highway 50.

For a big day, this ride can also be combined with Colorado Trail segment 14 from highway 50 to the Chalk Creek trailhead.

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Aug 30, 2016
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Aug 28, 2016
Will Stingley
Jul 14, 2016
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Apr 18, 2016
Tara Reddinger-Adams
Screen field makes for a technical first 1/4 mile, the rest of the trail has some rocky sections and creek crossings. The shortest way off the crest.
Mar 8, 2016
Jack Desmond

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  4.4 from 20 votes

#3

in Monarch Pass

#425

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in Monarch Pass

#100

in Colorado

#425

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Pedro Quade
Canon City, CO
Pedro Quade   Canon City, CO
This was a AWESOME ride yesterday. It is a bit tricky dropping in at first part of Fooses creek but then let go of the brakes and have fun! Aug 18, 2014
Has it all--steep, rocks, roots, fast, flow, tech views, high alpine, deep woods, creeks, bridges, limited crowds. Aug 29, 2016

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