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CDT: Monarch Pass to Hancock (CO Sec. 19)

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 4.3 (3)

A mix of service roads and singletrack in the high alpine.


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18.8

Miles

30.3

KM

83%

Runnable

12,554' 3,826 m

High

10,463' 3,189 m

Low

3,847' 1,173 m

Up

4,112' 1,253 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

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The trail starts just west of and across the road from the gift shop at the top of Monarch Pass. You'll climb on singletrack around the west of the ridge. When you get to the sign for Old Monarch Pass, you'll start running some service roads along the top of Monarch ski area. There are lots of side roads so watch for CDT or CT signs on the trees.

When you leave the ski area, you'll be back on some technical singletrack on the west side of the ridge until you reach a high point where you'll drop down some steep switchbacks looking down at high alpine lakes. Shortly after dropping below tree line, you'll reach Boss Lake and then drop steeply below that.

You'll then cross a few forest service roads; again watch for the CDT/CT signs to be sure that you're still on the right trail. After a few miles of forested running, you'll come out to a clearing looking up at Chalk Creek Pass. Work your way up to the pass and then down the other side. Follow the trail past Hancock Lake; then it is a couple of miles down the 4WD road to the ghost town of Hancock.

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Michael Robbert

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

#2

in Monarch Pass

#8556

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  4.3 from 3 votes
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#2

in Monarch Pass

#724

in Colorado

#8,556

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Boss Lake
Jul 23, 2017 near Whitepine, CO
Looking south at the top of Monarch Ski Area.
Jul 23, 2017 near Whitepine, CO
Looking south from Chalk Creek Pass.
Jul 23, 2017 near Whitepine, CO

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