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Monarch to Fooses Creek

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 4.5 (45) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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13.9

Miles

22.3

KM

90%

Singletrack

11,961' 3,646 m

High

8,824' 2,689 m

Low

638' 194 m

Up

3,152' 961 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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.

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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Shared By:

Holly Borowski

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 45 votes

#2

in Monarch Pass

#304

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  4.5 from 45 votes
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#2

in Monarch Pass

#90

in Colorado

#304

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Photos

Monarch Crest
Sep 7, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Somewhere on the Monarch Crest Trail
Jul 13, 2015 near Salida, CO
Optional Fooses Fun
Jul 30, 2018 near Whitepine, CO
Riding above treeline. Probably the highest I have ever ridden my bike. Lung busting altitude.
Oct 12, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Beautiful summer morning on the 'crest
Aug 10, 2016 near Salida, CO
Late October on the Monarch Crest.
Nov 1, 2016 near Whitepine, CO

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Sep 27, 2020
Alen Sugar
toughest ride I've done in years. tons of climbing through out the entire route. A very rich and rewarding experience. 37mi — 5h 00m
Sep 20, 2020
Zach Rochon
Sep 6, 2020
Fritz Ritter
Looses Fooses on that roll in from the top. Bumpy places also!
Sep 6, 2020
Betsy W
Max speed = 32mph on road, 20 on trail 13.9mi — 2h 45m
Sep 6, 2020
Alan Stone
Sep 21, 2019
Ian Mosbrucker
Aug 24, 2019
Jake Blues
2h 43m
Aug 17, 2019
Jamie Sampey