“A great combination of the scenic Continental Divide with a burly, technical descent.”
— Leslie Kehmeier
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because
our research has found there is no legal access.
A point-to-point ride starting from Monarch Pass.
Need to Know
This route is high altitude so pack plenty of water and snacks. In summer, the area can be subject to intense thunderstorms. Be prepared to take cover or retreat if necessary.
The Monarch Crest starts on the east side of Monarch Pass. This is the drop-off point for shuttle vehicles.
Ride up the dirt road behind the tram building and climb a bit before finding the start of the Monarch Crest Trail
on the right. The route begins relatively flat and contours through pines. The tread is fairly smooth with a few roots. After a quick climb on a section of doubletrack, stay right again on singletrack.
Around mile 6.8, after a loose and rocky downhill above treeline, the trail will re-enter the woods and you'll have a small meadow on the left. Just beyond this meadow in the trees is Green's Creek
. A small shelter also marks this intersection.
Take a left and get ready for a technical rider's dream. The upper section is steep, wet, and rocky with the lower section being more about the flow and speed through tight aspen trees. Bring your long travel fork, dropper seat post and let it rail!
Shuttle or pedal back into town from here via roads 221 and 220.