10 miles
Distance
1,184 ft
Climb
-1,735 ft
Descent
01:43:35
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Monarch Crest Trail

Monarch Crest Details

  • Riding area
    Salida
    Salida, Colorado
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July - Oct
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #1412
  • 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
More Stats for Monarch Crest mountain 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
    01:43:35
  • Avg reverse time
    01:41:30
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Status:
on Sep 8, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.45 (16 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Monarch Crest Trail Reports

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Aug 13, 2018 @ 2:03pm
Aug 13, 2018
Monarch Crest, Park City
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Aug 10, 2018 @ 4:50pm
Aug 10, 2018
Monarch Crest, Salida
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May 28, 2013 @ 1:41pm
May 28, 2013
Monarch Crest, Gunnison
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Feb 28, 2012 @ 5:18pm
Feb 28, 2012
Monarch Crest, Gunnison

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