September 24, 2017
Waste of money. This is NOT a total descent. It's a cross country trail. If you're expecting an epic 30 miles of descent, aka Heaven, be prepared to be disappointed.
The most "enjoyable" part was riding into a storm which forced us to hustle to lower ground. We ended up riding directly into a lightning storm with the typical colorado hail, downpour, and cold temps.
The views were good but nothing we hadn't seen before. Admittedly we rode south to Salida on the Colorado Trail. The view from Georgia pass is breath taking. Views from monarch are 'meh'.
It's a tourist thing to do and people seem to love it. Why they love it I have no idea.
You'll want to have full suspension otherwise it'll be unpleasant.
The most enjoyable descents were fire road. Many single track descents have developed a washboard characteristic before the switchbacks.