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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +1,381/ -1,384 ft
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking CDT: Monarch Pass to Boss Lake / Hunt Lake Trail

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#733 of 1,375 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#7,581 in the world

The Continental Divide Trail runs 8 miles from Monarch Pass to Boss Lake, passing through Monarch Mountain ski resort and past Hunt Lake along the way. This section of trail is rarely traveled, and especially little-used by mountain bikes, despite being bike-legal. Consequently the trail can be extremely narrow, faint, rocky, and exposed, making for very challenging riding and plenty of hike-a-bike. However, the absolute solitude (I rode on a Saturday and didn't see another soul) and the miles and miles of breathtaking views (you'll be above treeline for about 6 miles, topping out at 12,560 feet) more than make up for the slow speed riding!

Finally, be prepared for a ridiculously steep, tight, technical, and at points barely rideable descent off the top of the Crest. This isn't a ripping high speed descent like you'd get on the other side of the highway, but will instead challenge your technical skills in a totally different way.

First added by Greg Heil on Aug 22, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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