“Part of the Colorado Endurance Series, an epic ride/race including 85+ miles around the Monarch Crest Trail
— Matt Giaraffa
Race - Aug 25, 2018
This is an epic test of endurance, where you ride all of the Monarch Crest Trail
, CT - Segment 15 (Fooses Creek)
, Green's Creek
, Starvation Creek
, Silver Creek Trail
, Rainbow Trail #1336: Silver Creek to Mears Junction Hwy 285
, and climb North Fooses Creek, Marshall Pass Road, Poncha Creek Road, and a section of the Monarch Crest Trail
. All in a day!
Need to Know
If three black diamonds was an available trail rating, this route would have it. The official ride/race has an aid station at the top of Marshall Pass, which you cross three times throughout the day.
Starting at Monarch Pass before sunrise, ride the Monarch Crest Trail
to the CT - Segment 15 (Fooses Creek)
drop in. Descend South Fooses Creek and at the bottom of the singletrack, follow the road around slightly, and head up North Fooses Creek, which progressively gets steeper until it's a loose hike-a-bike back up to the Crest Trail.
Next, continue on Monarch Crest Trail
all the way to the top of Silver Creek Trail
. Descend Silver to the Rainbow Trail #1336: Silver Creek to Mears Junction Hwy 285
. Once at the highway, ride down the shoulder for approximately100 yards and turn left at Mears Junction towards Marshall Pass. Ride up the dirt road for a mile and a half until the beginning of Marshall Pass Road (200). The next 12 miles is a brutal, never ending pedal up the dirt road until the summit of Marshall Pass.
Then, ride up Starvation Creek 4x4 road past the top, begin descending the 4x4 road and be on the lookout for the Starvation Creek
singletrack off to the right, next to a tree. Descend Starvation Creek
. At the bottom of the singletrack, turn left and climb Poncha Creek Road back up to Marshall Pass again. Then head backwards up the Monarch Crest Trail
to the top of Green's Creek
. Descend Green's Creek
, continue out CR220 to Hwy 50 back to Poncha Springs.
If you can still walk, you're doing pretty well.