10 miles
Distance
1,184 ft
Climb
-1,735 ft
Descent
01:41:58
Avg time
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Monarch Crest Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Salida
    Salida, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July - Oct
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #1390 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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.

More Stats for Monarch Crest bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -551 ft
  • Altitude min
    10,827 ft
  • Altitude max
    11,973 ft
  • Altitude start
    11,378 ft
  • Altitude end
    10,827 ft
  • Grade
    -1.021%
  • Grade max
    -29.652%
  • Grade min
    25.867%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,043 ft
  • Avg time
    01:41:58
  • Avg reverse time
    01:41:30
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Status:
on Jul 24, 2019
Variable
Avg: 4.55 (19 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Monarch Crest Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 24, 2019 @ 7:19am
      Jul 24, 2019
      3 large drifts. One is about 8 feet high. A little mud in a timber section
      Jul 8, 2019 @ 8:09am
      Jul 8, 2019
      Lots of snow still
      Jul 3, 2019 @ 4:54pm
      Jul 3, 2019
      Do not come here
      Jul 3, 2019 @ 2:55pm
      Jul 3, 2019
      Sep 8, 2018 @ 7:13am
      Sep 8, 2018
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 27 rides
      • 29 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 113 rides
      • 30 miles avg distance
      All
      • 581 rides
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      Photos

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      7 |
      Aug 4, 2019 @ 3:40pm
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      Aug 4, 2019 @ 3:40pm
      Aug 4, 2019
      233 |
      May 28, 2013 @ 1:41pm
      May 28, 2013
      215 |
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 5:18pm
      Feb 28, 2012

      Trail Lists

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      Monarch Crest, Silver Creek & Rainbow
      35 miles
      Monarch Crest to Salida
      45 miles
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      16 miles
      Monarch Crest Enduro 2015 - Stage 5 race
      13 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag 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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