Old Monarch Pass Loop

EASY 15 reviews
#50 of 115 trails in

Old Monarch Pass Loop is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Salida, Colorado that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
511 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

views

hiking
3 days ago

Don’t be fooled by the guide when it tells you you’ve arrived. The only marked trailhead in the parking area is for the Monarch Crest Traill. You’re looking for a trailhead on the other side of US Hwy 50 next to a yellow “steep grade” warning sign.

hiking
5 days ago

Summer - Looking for shaded place up in elevation. Perfect trail. Lots of shade and easy inclines. Parking at the trailhead. Ran into a few hikers (weekday) Love hiking a loop. Wish it was a couple miles longer.

hiking
10 months ago

If you like to hike and have done other hikes in this area, don't do this one. Some good views, but you are right by the hwy for a lot of this hike and hear semi's and cars a lot of the time. Very short, very easy hike (you won't sweat at all). Don't get me wrong, it is pretty, but not secluded and peaceful.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great, relatively short trail, definitely on the easier side of moderate (there is a spot where you can climb up to get great views that isn't really part of the trail - that is the most difficult part). The trail starts just west of the Monarch Pass gift/food shop on the other side of Hwy 50. We chose to take the loop clockwise. A steady climb at first but it levels out. Once you get to the old Monarch Pass, you walk east along the road a little bit until the trail picks up again. Views all along were spectacular!

cross country skiing
Friday, August 23, 2013

Great for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

hiking
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Monday, July 21, 2014