19.1 miles
Distance
3,671 ft
Climb
-3,691 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

The Monarch Crest receives all the attention, however its the lesser known Canyon Creek that deserves more of that attention. Topping out at 12,600' not only is it the highest elevation trail in the Monarch Pass zone it is also the longest true downhill trail in the area descending 3500'.

Start and end your ride at the Snowblind Campground, parking is available on the road just outside of the campground. Begin by riding up County Road 888 until you reach a junction at private property. Here take a right to continue on Tomichi Pass Road NF-888 and continue to treeline; you'll find a trail sign marking the beginning of the Canyon Creek singletrack.

It starts off with a short pedal followed by a significant hike-a-bike where you'll push nearly a 1,000 vertical feet up a rugged and loose series of switchbacks to the summit and the start of the extremely long and memorable descent.

Detailed Description
Canyon Creek - Sawatch is a 19 mile popular expert route located near Salida Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 3,671 ft with a max elevation of 12,575 ft then descends -3,691 ft.
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10 Reviews & Comments

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camazu (Aug 18, 2020 at 20:09)
Trail Canyon Creek
Absolutely amazing descent. Starts with some chunk and rocks, drops into a nice forested area with a good flow of flow and technical sections, and ends with a sandy, relatively flat, but flowy and fun section.
Beware, the climb to the top is hard. Be prepared for a good hike-a-bike.
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camazu (Aug 18, 2020 at 20:09)
Trail Canyon Creek
Absolutely amazing descent. Starts with some chunk and rocks, drops into a nice forested area with a good flow of flow and technical sections, and ends with a sandy, relatively flat, but flowy and fun section.
Beware, the climb to the top is hard. Be prepared for a good hike-a-bike.
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camazu (Aug 18, 2020 at 20:09)
Trail Canyon Creek
Absolutely amazing descent. Starts with some chunk and rocks, drops into a nice forested area with a good flow of flow and technical sections, and ends with a sandy, relatively flat, but flowy and fun section.
Beware, the climb to the top is hard. Be prepared for a good hike-a-bike.
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Niz (Jul 2, 2018 at 19:46)
Trail Canyon Creek
Holy moly. Hike a bike to the top then a great down hill. It sure was fun. Little sandy at the bottom.
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Niz (Jul 2, 2018 at 19:46)
Trail Canyon Creek
Holy moly. Hike a bike to the top then a great down hill. It sure was fun. Little sandy at the bottom.
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Niz (Jul 2, 2018 at 19:46)
Trail Canyon Creek
Holy moly. Hike a bike to the top then a great down hill. It sure was fun. Little sandy at the bottom.
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lubes17319 (Sep 25, 2016 at 11:11)
Steep, steeper, steepest
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lubes17319 (Sep 25, 2016 at 11:05)
Trail Canyon Creek
This trail is freakin' paradise!


...once you get to the top.
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lubes17319 (Sep 25, 2016 at 11:05)
Trail Canyon Creek
This trail is freakin' paradise!


...once you get to the top.
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lubes17319 (Sep 25, 2016 at 11:05)
Trail Canyon Creek
This trail is freakin' paradise!


...once you get to the top.
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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
  • Ridelogs
    54
More Stats for Canyon Creek - Sawatch mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    9,240 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,317 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,298 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -50.2%
  • Grade min
    57.7%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,884 ft
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Canyon Creek MTB Loop - Part II - Ride DOWN
Canyon Creek MTB Loop - Part II - Ride DOWN
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