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Monarch Crest to Green's

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Length

14.0 Miles 22.5 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

673' 205 m

Ascent

-3,417' -1,041 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

11,961' 3,646 m

High

8,578' 2,615 m

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A great combination of the scenic Continental Divide with a burly, technical descent.

Leslie Kehmeier

Notice: This has been hidden from our maps in order to prevent overlap with existing trails or rides, or due to our research indicating that this trail does not have legal or public access.

Overview

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.

Description

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.

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This is one of my favorite descents of all time! This is probably the best descent off the Monarch Crest. Bring your long travel enduro bike and have some fun on this one. It just keeps on giving. My favorite descent off the top! Most bang for your buck. Aug 18, 2017
I think this is my favorite ride in Colorado. The Crest climb to Green's is one of the easier high altitude climbs, the first descent from 12k' down to the top of Green's is badass, and Green's is 3k' of awesome descending. Aug 18, 2017

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