The Monarch Crest Trail
The Monarch Crest Trail (Colorado)
The section of the Continental Divide Trail that travels south from Monarch Pass is known as the Monarch Crest Trail or Crest Trail. It begins at 11,312 foot Monarch Pass and climbs to around 12,000 before dropping back down to 10,800 foot Marshall Pass. This ride is most often done as a shuttle, and there are more than half a dozen options for riding back down to Salida. It is not a downhill ride, however. The high elevation and rugged terrain make for a difficult, challenging ride. Start early to avoid getting caught in a high mountain thunder storm. Only snow-free from July-September most years. Because of distance and high elevation, this ride should be considered for the most advanced. Be careful to keep your mind on the ride instead of the breath taking views as the majority of the ride is above tree line!
High Valley Bike Shuttle
Monarch - $22.00 Leaves at 8:00am, 10:00am, Noon
Marshall Pass - $30.00.
The Rainbow Trail at Silver Creek - $14.00
Colorado trail at Raspberry Gulch - $30.00 and other area trails.
For reservations - call 800-871-5145
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