CDT CO18: Marshall Pass to Monarch Pass (Monarch Crest Trail)

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Monarch Crest is an epic alpine trail that spends a significant amount of time above tree line. It offers gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains which are lush with vegetation: a distinct change from the front range of Colorado. This trail is quite popular with backpackers and mountain bikers, but it is great for a short day hike as well.

CDT Description: Section 18 of the CDT in Colorado runs 10.7 miles from Marshall Pass to Monarch Pass and US Hwy 50. Along the way the trail passes Mount Ouray, Pahlone Peak, Mount Peck, and Monarch Ridge.

The trailhead listed is for the northern end of this section. The southern end is located at lat= 38.39166 lon= -106.24696
Trail length: 11 miles
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    Reviewed by Jeff Barber on October 23, 2008

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    This trail is popular with backpackers and mountain bikers but it's also a great place for an out and back day-hike. Starting at the top of Monarch pass you'll quickly find yourself above tree line with incredible views. Be warned: if you're not in good shape the altitude (10,000-11,000 feet) can make breathing difficult.
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    CDT CO18: Marshall Pass to Monarch Pass (Monarch Crest Trail) 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1 user reviews.

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