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CDT: Monarch Pass to Hancock (CO Sec. 19)

Intermediate/Difficult

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18.8 mile 30.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,847' 1,173 m
Descent: -4,112' -1,253 m
High: 12,554' 3,826 m
Low: 10,463' 3,189 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Trail shared by Michael Robbert

A mix of service roads and singletrack in the high alpine.

Michael Robbert

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

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The trail starts just west of and across the road from the gift shop at the top of Monarch Pass. You'll climb on singletrack around the west of the ridge. When you get to the sign for Old Monarch Pass, you'll start hiking some service roads along the top of Monarch ski area. There are lots of side roads so watch for CDT or CT signs on the trees.

When you leave the ski area, you'll be back on some technical singletrack on the west side of the ridge until you reach a high point where you'll drop down some steep switchbacks looking down at high alpine lakes. Shortly after dropping below tree line, you'll reach Boss Lake and then drop steeply below that.

You'll then cross a few forest service roads; again watch for the CDT/CT signs to be sure that you're still on the right trail. After a few miles of forested hiking, you'll come out to a clearing looking up at Chalk Creek Pass. Work your way up to the pass and then down the other side. Follow the trail past Hancock Lake; then it is a couple of miles down the 4WD road to the ghost town of Hancock.

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Aug 27, 2018
Henry Ainsworth
Did this as a two day through hike. There is the 4 wheel drive road that I Alsowaljed another 1.5 miles to make the 20 mile mark. Great conditions… 20mi

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in Colorado

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Boss Lake
Jul 23, 2017 near Whitepine, CO
Looking south at the top of Monarch Ski Area.
Jul 23, 2017 near Whitepine, CO
Looking south from Chalk Creek Pass.
Jul 23, 2017 near Whitepine, CO

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