19.1 miles
3,671 ft
-3,691 ft
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.

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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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More Stats for Canyon Creek - Sawatch mountain bike route
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    3 hr 8 min
  • Altitude min
    9,240 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,317 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,298 ft
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    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
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    2,884 ft
Avg: 5 (2 votes)
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Canyon Creek MTB Loop - Part II - Ride DOWN
Canyon Creek MTB Loop - Part II - Ride DOWN
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Aug 15, 2021

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Canyon Creek
Jul 27, 2023 @ 4:29pm
Jul 27, 2023
Pretty dusted out and dry. Loose rocks everywhere. Trail needs love even by backcountry standards.
Tomichi Pass Road NF-888
Aug 27, 2022 @ 11:01am
Aug 27, 2022
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