Any Riders up for a Monarch Crest to Fooses Creek ride on 9/7/18 ?

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  • #246091

    Me and my wife are coming out to Colorado on MTB Trip from England this sept

    We would like to do Monarch Pass to Fooses Creek on 9/7/18, anyone out there able to join us to set up the ride as a shuttle ?

    I’m ready to attempt hitching to the top fromĀ  Fosse Creek TH , to avoid having to ride 8.6 miles up the highway , and save the legs for other rides

    But meeting up with other MTB riders would be a better option

     

  • #246144

    Gordon, there are shuttles rides available in town for about $30 per rider. We used an outfit in Poncha Springs on Hwy 285. Don’t have their number, but the town is a spot on the map outside Salida. You can’t miss them. You will need to stop by the day before and get on the list for the following morning. Do the 8AM shuttle so y’all can be back below treeline before the afternoon thunderstorms set in. Be sure to stop by Amicas Pizza in Salida!

     

    If you get time, go to Leadville and ride the old Colorado Midland RR to Hagerman Tunnel. It’s a cool ride.

  • #246166

    Why not ride it as a loop? I don’t think it’s enough of a ride to justify shuffling about with cars.

    Save your thumbing for Agate Creek, etc.

  • #246195

    The shuttles not an option 8-(

    We really didnt fancy riding 8.6 up tarmac at altitude as our first high altitude ride – as this is the level above the sea we normally ride at

     

    but if that’s our only option we will have to do that

    • #246199

      Was just out there about 3 weeks ago. They will drop you off at Monarch Pass (no uses permit needed, it’s on a public highway). From there you ride the Crest and run a few miles of hardtop (downhill) on your way back to the shuttle lot. Definitely don’t recommend trying to ride up, especially if you aren’t acclimated.

      To clarify, we rode from Monarch to Marshall pass, took the old jeep trail (RR bed) down to the highway and then back to shuttle parking. No Fooses Creek.

       

    • #246202

      if they run out of permits they cant drop you at monarch pass, absolute bikes is out of permits as well – only way to do Monarch Crest now is to self shuttle

    • #246206

      “…only way to do Monarch Crest now is to self shuttle.”

      Negative.

      Park at the bottom of FC and ride/walk up the dirt road to the Crest, over and down. Quite do-able for any lowlander with a shred of fitness. Don’t fear the doghouse. She’ll live and you’ll both enjoy the views on the way up.

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