Old Monarch Pass Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."