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Camping & Lodging

The Tomichi Lodge (alt 10,300'), nestled in the town of Whitepine in the Gunnison National Forest, offers direct access to the Canyon Creek Trail, Boss Lake, Tomichi Pass (11,985'), Bald Mountain (12,851') and Monumental Peak (13,343'). Enjoy a rustic mountain experience with some key comforts including four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, electricity, indoor plumbing with hot showers and a seasonal, outdoor cowboy hot tub. Your mountain adventure basecamp awaits you.

Recommended Routes in Monarch Pass - 1

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Favorite Boss Lake
Very Difficult

High Lonesome 100 Mile Trail Race

102.0 mi 164.2 km 21,057' Up 6418.14 m Up 21,057' Down 6418.27 m Down

Alpine, CO

Monarch Pass Running

  • 235 Miles 378 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 9 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 8 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Monarch Pass - 16

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11.1 mi 17.9 km #1CDT: Marshall Pass to Monarch Pass (CO Sec. 18)
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
11.9 mi 19.1 km #2Canyon Creek Trail
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO
7.0 mi 11.3 km #3Green's Creek
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
18.8 mi 30.3 km #4CDT: Monarch Pass to Hancock (CO Sec. 19)
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km #5Waterdog Lakes Trail #1417
Intermediate/Difficult
Whitepine, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Whitepine, CO
10.0 mi 16.2 km #6Agate Creek Trail #484
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO
10.5 mi 16.9 km #7Rainbow Trail #1336: Mears Junction to Silver Creek
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
21.0 mi 33.8 km #8CT - Segment 14: Chalk Creek to US-50
Intermediate
Alpine, CO
Intermediate
Alpine, CO
14.5 mi 23.3 km #9CT - Segment 15: US-50 to Marshall Pass
Intermediate
Whitepine, CO
Intermediate
Whitepine, CO
3.5 mi 5.6 km #10Pass Creek Trail #1411
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO

Photos of Monarch Pass - 10

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Boss Lake
Jul 23, 2017 near Whitepine, CO
Cool fence built up along the trail. This section was very well maintained and built up.
Aug 12, 2018 near Whitepine, CO
Looking south at the top of Monarch Ski Area.
Jul 23, 2017 near Whitepine, CO
South Fooses Trail Memorial Day.
May 28, 2019 near Whitepine, CO
South Fooses Trail beaver pond Memorial Day.
May 28, 2019 near Whitepine, CO
Interesting sky to the south toward Lime Ridge with Mt Peck at the left, viewed from Monarch Ridge.
Nov 24, 2020 near Whitepine, CO
Mt Peck viewed from Monarch Ridge
Nov 24, 2020 near Whitepine, CO
This is before the last descent to the trailhead and end of the segment. I believe that's Mt. Antero.
Aug 12, 2018 near Whitepine, CO
Looking down onto Highway 50 - the final descent.
Oct 13, 2017 near Whitepine, CO
South Fooses trail Memorial Day.
May 28, 2019 near Whitepine, CO