This popular snowmobile destination is an old railroad grade that travels over Mt Ouray to Sargents, Colorado. Trail Ratings 3.5 from 2 votes #5 in Monarch Pass #20332 Overall. The pass travels 12 miles to the Continental Divide, reaching an elevation of 11,000 feet before it meanders toward Sargents. It lies on the Continental Divide between the Sawatch Range to the north and the Northern San Juan’s to the south and the Sangre de Cristo’s to the Southeast. Turn south on County Road 200 approximately 2 miles and park at Shirley Site Trail Head -- plenty of room for parking trailers. TDD 970-874-6660 From the U.S. 50/285 junction in Poncha Springs, drive approx. Delta, CO 81416 The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is best used from March until November. We started at Monarch Summit and hiked the CDT to where it joined up with the CT. We then went S to the Fooses Creek TH. Dates of Access: Warmer months. The rules of thumb: About one week after the Fremont Pass SNOTEL registers zero inches of snowpack, the high points along the north half of the CT (including in Segments 6, 7 and 8) become passable. This trailhead is marked with several signs--one showing distance to Monarch Pass. The South to North route winds through the high elevations such as the San Juan mountains and relaxing segments such as the Colorado River Rd. Happy Trails!! Trail Ratings 3.7 from 6 votes #4 in Monarch Pass #14740 Overall. 970-874-6600 The Colorado Trail is divided into 33 segments which includes a choice of two routes in the middle, Collegiate East and Collegiate West.See the map on our maps page for a quick look at the segments.. This entire section of trail is open to motorcycle traffic, so much of it is rutted out, doubletracky, and can be difficult to ride. We would give this trail 10 out of 10! To get there from Gunnison, drive east on US50 to Sargents and turn right (SE) onto the Marshall Pass Road (CR243) … Local Club: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Oct 2, 2020: VOC’s Uniquely Colorado Raises $16,500 for Inclusive Stewardship. It is more of a back country road than a trail. The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail extending for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado. Park at the Shirley Site Angling Parking lot, another 0.2 mile down the road. All downhill. plenty of water and relatively shaded. This was an amazing hike. I will be back to do this OHV trail in the fall when the aspens start to turn!! The trailhead is basically the summit of Marshall Pass. The flowers were blooming and there was a fair bit of wildlife. Fremont Pass is centrally located on the CT north of U.S. Highway 50 and Red Mountain Pass is centrally located on the CT south of Highway 50. Last 0.5 miles is closed to motor vehicles in winter (December 15 to March 1 - dates subject to … Segments of the CT. Note: This segment is mapped from the point where the Colorado Trail leaves Monarch Crest Trail to keep things clean on the map. So far I hiked 1, 3, 11, 12 and 14 and think that this is the prettiest segment by far. There are pit toilets here. The Monarch Crest Trail, also know as the Monarch Pass Trail, travels for a total of 11.5 miles to Marshall Pass while following the Continental Divide Trail. Aug 9, 2019: A Mother-Daughter Love of VOC Roads of Colorado: 102 A4-B4. There was some snow and the ground was soggy in some places, but it was amazing hike and easy to do in this direction. He had traveled the road with passengers behind him for a couple of months and met with no accident, but one night as he set off for the divide he fancied that the silence was deeper, the canon darker, and the air … Marshall Pass Go South on 285 out of Poncha Springs approximately 5 miles up Poncha Pass. Hours: Any. Super pretty trail, but if you're a hiker be prepared to step off for bikers every few minutes. Delorme: 69 A6-B7. This trailhead is technically for the Continental Divide Trail, which will intersect our Colorado Trail in about eight miles. Soon after the rails were laid across Marshall Pass, Colorado, where they go over a height of twelve thousand feet above the sea, an old engineer named Nelson Edwards was assigned to a train. High amount of med size rocks. Then walked their little downtown which was blocked off from cars so the restaurants had plenty of seati Continue on the 4wd road (CR 234.2G) that descends rapidly to the Marshall Pass Trailhead--600 feet in 1.5 miles. Going up we took road 200. Salida, CO 81201 During the summer, this is a very scenic gravel road ride that provides access up to or down from the Monarch Crest Trail. Just on the east side of the pass, less than .2 mile down, there's a fairly large parking area where the road curves back from the north to the east. Marshall Pass is a mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 10,842 feet in south – central Colorado. August 2010. This complex range stretches nearly 100 miles north and south, starting at Tennessee Pass and ending at the Marshall Pass area. Walked to a brewpub for a great pale ale and a meatball sub. Smooth the whole way to Sargent. Grand County Trail Map (East) Grand County Trail Map (West) Fraser to Granby Trail Map; Fraser River Trail Map; Comprehensive Regional Map it's not just a trail! After completing Poncha Creek we ran a little bit more of Marshall Pass until we made it to the Lime Ridge trail where we left Marshall Pass once again. Marshall Pass: If you go west (straight), from the Shirley Site parking lot you can follow the Poncha Creek trail, or take the car road (the old railroad bed), to the top of Marshal Pass. did it in a front wheel drive smallish car. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail extending for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado. Great trail to take a quick ride on out of town. Day 24 of a detailed online journal documenting a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. The view from the CD was amazing in all directions. The creek trail is more interesting, but a bit more challenging. My recording is starting from HWY 50 as I walked to the trail head which added 3 miles going and coming. The views were beautiful. Turn right on CR 200 and drive past the first sign pointing to Marshall Pass (2.2 miles from US 285). Sep 3, 2020: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Colorado Native Partner to Reroute Panorama Point Trail. as if crossing the Continental Divide isn't cool enough Jeeping was a great experience. Full Details. Day 23 – Monarch Pass to Marshall Pass – Segment 15. Fun drive with great views. Easy trail. The trails weren't too terribly hard. Full Details. Salida Ranger District, San Isabel National Forest US-50 to Marshall Pass Trailhead 14.3 miles 3,576 feet Segment 16 Marshall Pass Trailhead to Sargents Mesa 15.2 miles 3,184 feet Segment 17 Sargents Mesa to Colorado Hwy-114 20.4 miles 2,810 feet Segment 18 Colorado Hwy-114 to Saguache … Elevation gain isn’t too steep but a very long climb. Due to the outstanding scenery, and a relatively small amount of elevation gain, this trail is considered to be one of the most popular mountain biking routes in Colorado. Great aspen views! I would suggest just driving to the trail head as the road in is not too bad. beautiful views! Some switchbacks. Poncha Creek to Marshall Pass provides beautiful scenery, especially in the fall when the aspens change colors. Little challenging, but nothing too severe and not as much traffic. This 11.3-mile intermediate, multidirectional trail is both hikeable and bikeable. Mount Hope (13,933-ft) rests within the backbone of the Colorado Continental Divide, the Sawatch Range. Follow the signs for Marshall Pass and drive 13.5 miles to reach the Marshall Pass trailhead. Some sections ok for cars. http://www.coloradotrail.org/, really good trail conditions there's a tree across the second bridge, Gorgeous section of the trail. Best experience of a lifetime! This is used primarily to access the shared Continental Divide & Colorado Trail and for ATV's. Colorado Trail : Segment 15 is a 22.2 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Salida, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. Very scenic and beautiful, but rather boring and very busy (multiple people on atv’s, bikes and in cars). The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. The Colorado Trail runs approximately 14 miles one-way from Marshall Pass Road to Sargents Mesa and Road #855. As you drop down from the CD you follow Fooses Creek from its headwaters down a valley all the way to the end of the trail. Published with permission from the guide book: The Local’s Adventure Guide to Singletrack & Tarmac – Mountain Bike Trails and Road Rides in the Upper Arkansas River Valley by Nathan Ward. Marshall Pass Road runs for 29-30 miles from the Shirley Town Site all the way over the top of Marshall Pass on the Continental Divide, and down the other side to the town of Sargents. Once you leave the Monarch Crest Trail, things start to get interesting.It opens up with great views … Marshall Pass is a mild dirt road. Poncha Pass starts south of Poncha Springs on highway 285, located on the Continental Divide at 9,000 feet. 1 Hour and 25 Minutes from Speedway and Campbell; 39.9 miles from Speedway and Campbell; Miles up Highway: 26.0 miles Side of the Highway: N/A Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!). Easy trail in 2 wheel, minimal rocks, people take campers up it. Marshall Pass Trailhead is at 10,820' elevation and provides access to the southwest side of Mount Ouray. The two trails overlap to the north. You can return back to the trailhead by traveling Poncha Creek Road. Flash of Gold trail, also located on Buffalo Pass, was named for the aspen groves that limn the trail in gold. A little tight on some spots but not too bad. Beautiful, easy drive. There are options for camping and fishing. We did this segment in reverse at the end of August and stopped counting after we hit 75 bikers in 5mi. Beautiful hike to the top of Fooses Trail however I would take heed to the hard difficulty as the last 1.5 miles going up is quite steep. Directions: The Marshall Pass Road (CR XX32 Road/FR 243) heads southeast from US 50 at the tiny hamlet of Sargents, just inside the Saguache County border, 32 miles east of Gunnison and 21 miles west of Poncha Springs. Marshall Pass and Poncha Creek OHV Route is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Poncha Springs, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. Great trail with awesome views from the top. 5575 Cleora Road After running Lime Ridge, we headed down Marshall Pass Trail to its intersection with Highway 50. Marshall Pass is found off of Poncha Pass, west of Salida, Colorado. Marshall Pass and Poncha Creek OHV Route is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Poncha Springs, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. Look for a sign pointing to Marshall Pass and O’Haver Lake. Turn left (south) on US 285. and drive 5.1 miles up Poncha Pass. We took our Honda Pioneer sxs to Salida CO. We were sent to this trail by a local and it was amazing! Buffalo Pass, a rough dirt road that leads to Summit Lake, is an adventurous trip on a four-wheeler (though a burly AWD can make it, too). DescriptionWaypoints (0) Segment 15 — US-50 to Marshall Pass Trailhead. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Did this in a Subaru Forester just fine. Nice psot man i really appreciate your wirk thanks for sharing with us! Monarch Crest Trail to Marshall Pass. we went up trail 200 which took us up to 10,800 feet. there is a stream that runs alongside the trail that was super cold. CT - Segment 15: US-50 to Marshall Pass ... Colorado Trail (CT) Shared By: Hiking Project Staff. Check out Colorado Trail Explorer or COTREX, the mobile and desktop application for a statewide comprehensive and interactive trail map. Poncha Creek is 4WD all the time. We did this in a jeep sahara unlimited durng a bad rain storm with no problem...while it made it a blast. To view trails in Grand County click HERE. Drive 5.3 miles south from Poncha Springs and turn west onto Marshall Pass Road (FS 200). On the fly camping is ideal. Foose Creek provides plenty of water on the the last 8 miles. We have breakfast at the hostel and Kimberly drives Ole, Meadow Bruiser, and me to the trail at Monarch Pass. Colorado Trail Day 9 – Marshall Pass. The road is well maintained & overlooks Ohaver. 2250 Highway 50 Enjoy snowmobiling past O’Haver Lake, a small reservoir and popular fishing destination for summer travelers. As you end this section, you will encounter Marshall pass, a 668 foot climb in a half mile that is considered to be the “steepest portion” of the Colorado Trail. Trail Maps Links & Downloads. Dual car passable. I hiked this segment nobo with my dog and really enjoyed alpine meadows, grand vistas and an ocean of wildflowers. beautiful drive and pretty easy. Marshall Pass is a 7.75 mile OHV trail - it’s 13 miles total but you need to turn around at the summit sign if you want to go back to Poncha Pass, otherwise it’ll take you through Gunnison National Forest (you’ll see signs for it at the top) & you’ll end up on the other end of Monarch Pass. Featuring 36 Mountain Bike Trails and 18 Road Rides in and around Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado – beginner to expert, town to summit, smooth tarmac to extreme singletrack. Narrow. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. the single-track of the Rainbow Trail along Silver Creek; the Colorado Trail to intersections with Poncha Creek; or Gunnison Ranger District, Gunnison National Forests The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is best used from March until November. Restrooms available at trail head. CT - Segment 15: US-50 to Marshall Pass ... Colorado Trail: The Entire MTB Route - IMBA EPIC; Shared By: MTB Project Staff. Descent isn’t smooth due to bumps and sand, suspension would make it more comfortable. We are going back tomorrow to ride it again! great views easy drive didn't do poncha creek. Segment 15 — US-50 to Marshall Pass Trailhead. Marshall Pass - 17.50 Miles - From Woodland Hotel To Past Marshall Pass - Had a great time yesterday in Salida. 40,000 words and 1,500 photos There are lots of camping spots. I would watch news cause this area has alot of water issues. bikepack; hike; As much as day 8 was “meh”, day 9 up to Marshall Pass was the exact opposite. There are some rocky surfaces but if you take it easy they arent too bad. Other than that I hope my recording and photos are helpful. Unlicensed vehicles are not allowed on county roads, so must stage at the parking areas near Shirley Townsite or Marshall Pass. The Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR) is a mostly off-road motorcycle route across Colorado from New Mexico to Wyoming. Road is in good condition in between gravel and Jeep road. 719-539-3591 Once we reached the Continental Divide we took road 203 and so happy we did! Driving Time and Distance from Tucson. I took my Jeep up the first time but have no doubt my civic could handle it this time of year as i saw other small cars driving on it. 5.5 miles south on U.S. 285 and turn right on the Marshall Pass road (FS 200, dirt). 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