Old Monarch Pass

Salida, Colorado 81227

Old Monarch Pass

Old Monarch Pass Professional Review and Guide

"Old Monarch Pass offers great snow conditions and an opportunity to practice every sort of skiing or snowshoeing. If you only want to ski for half a day, just head out from the trailhead for 1.5 miles to the top of Old Monarch Pass. You’ll see an open park that’s great for mastering flat-track techniques. The trail is rated easy to moderate and lined with giant pines and conifer trees. If you want to try out powder or cut some telemark turns, head up the small peak to the south of the old pass and carve your way down to the park.

For those who might want the challenge of an all-day tour, just continue down the west side of the pass (FR 237) for 9 miles of gliding or downhill snowshoeing above No Name Creek. At the bottom, you’ll be glad to see the shuttle vehicle you parked there to save the long haul back up the hill. Because you’re skiing or snowshoeing on the east side of Old Monarch Pass as you begin, you’ll be skiing right next to Monarch Mountain Ski and Snowboard Resort. It’s marked with a boundary rope, and speeding downhill skiers will often cruise right past you."

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Trail Information

Salida
Nearby City
10.3
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 hours to all day
Duration
10,950 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,373 feet
Top Elevation
Snowmobiling
Additional Use
San Isabel and Gunnison National Forests
Local Contacts
Ungroomed, but usually well tracked by skiers
Trail/Surface Quality