"Epic is the only word for it. The Monarch Crest Trail is considered the premier mountain bike ride in the entire 14ers Region. Touted by Bicycle Magazine as one of the top five rides in the United States, the trail covers roughly 40 miles of descending singletrack over tundra-like terrain, across talus fields, through old-growth forests and high plains desert. This ride is one not to be missed, an impressive addition to anyone's mountain biking resume.
Monarch Crest Trail descends an Odyssean 3,500 feet, from high atop Monarch Pass (11,312 feet) to the ride’s lowest point at U.S. Highway 285. The trail leads around Mount Peck and reaches its highest point at 12,145 feet. As you near Mount Peck, three distinct peaks come into view: Mount Ouray (13,971 feet); Chipeta Mountain (12,050 feet); and Pahlone Peak(12,667 feet). Terrain: Singletrack, 4WD Road, improved dirt road, and highway. The terrain includes mountaintop granite and quartz, tundra, talus fields, dark forest, and high plains desert."