10.2 miles
Distance
1,005 ft
Climb
-1,556 ft
Descent
01:40:21
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Dirtbike/Moto
  • Riding Area
    Salida
    , Colorado
  • Ref Number
    #9531
  • AKA
    CO18 - Marshall Pass to Monarch Pass Segment 15 - US-50 to Marshall Pass TH
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July - Oct
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #1431 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #8035 in E-Biking
    • #28188 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
    • 5 in Dirtbiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Monarch Crest is an epic High Country ride Super popular and for good reason. After you climb the dirt road and do a short climb, the views are amazing, and then more amazing as you navigate between small peaks. The views are 360 and you can see down multiple valleys. After you top out, the descent towards Green Creek is fast and furious. Lots of roots, and super fun.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for CDT CT - Monarch Crest Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -552 ft
  • Altitude min
    10,842 ft
  • Altitude max
    11,965 ft
  • Altitude start
    11,393 ft
  • Altitude end
    10,843 ft
  • Grade
    -1%
  • Grade max
    -52.1%
  • Grade min
    37.1%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,232 ft
  • Avg time
    01:40:21
  • Avg reverse time
    01:54:45
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Status:
on Oct 27, 2021
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.65 (27 votes)
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      whoisadam (Jul 29, 2019 at 19:23)
       Rode this trail and came down Greek Creek, rode this trail again and came down Agate Creek, so cant comment on the trial past Agate, but the 7.5 miles of this trail I have done is amazing, probably one of my favorite climbs, grade is not too steep, some fun rocks thrown in here and there, bits of fun downhill. I recommend going down Green Creek, that trail is a hoot and way more fun than Silver Creek and Rainbow in my opinion. Green has hardly any uphill and is an action packed downhill all the way with many fun turns, rock gardens, stream crossings. Silver was fun but not as fun as Green and was over quick. Rainbow is more of a cross country trail with tons of ups and downs if you're into that, no real sustained downhills until you get to the end of it.
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      11:57 | 475 | Aug 23, 2018 , Salida
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      17:51 | 35 | Apr 3, 2022 , Salida
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