“An awesome, rowdy, moto descent via Old Monarch Pass with many creek crossings.
— Zach Allen
This is an alternate descent from the Monarch Crest Trail
that drops down the west / Pacific side of the Continental Divide. This is a long 10-mile descent that crosses Agate Creek seemingly dozens of times, so it's best ridden late in the season. A number of fast rocks and roots will keep your attention the whole way down. There are lots of moto whoops, rock gardens and bermed turns with about a dozen increasingly deep creek crossings.
This descent feels more remote than other descent options off of the Crest.
Start this ride the same as you would for the Monarch Crest Trail
: From the top of Monarch Pass - US 5, park at the parking lot near the scenic tram building..
To start the ride, go up the dirt road behind the tram building. Stay right to get onto the Monarch crest singletrack. You are going to pass intersections for Fooses Creek and Green's Creek
. You are looking for Agate Creek Trail #484, which will peel off to your right to descend to the west side of US 50 - Monarch Pass. From here, you descend over 10 miles of superb singletrack down to where you've stashed a vehicle on US 50.