Fooses Creek - TRAIL

Fooses Creek - Trail, Salida, Colorado

This is one of the many options that are presented to you when you ride from Monarch Pass along the Monarch Crest trail. Fooses (actually South Fooses) Descends to the east side of the crest and continental divide about 3-4 miles into the Crest Trail. If shuttled from the pass its about a 2-2.5 hour ride that can be done without too much effort. The reward is a long almost uninterrupted dowhn hill along South Fooses creek. As you leave the Crest Trail, there is a steep and loose descent into the valley. This feels exposed but isn''t too bad. Then the next several miles get more technical with some streem crossings and rockl sections that are rideable or walkable if your not feeling up to it. The trail maintains this pace while in the high alpine forest. As the trail descends you enter a more temperate forest and the fun really starts. The trail staightens out and widens to allow much higher speeds. There are lots of oppportunities to work on your speed and flow as water bars become launches to clear rocky roll offs. The last 2-3 miles of downhill are along the 4wd road that accesses the trail from the Salida side of Monarch Pass. This is WAY fast and very fun, but whatch for uphill vehicles. You descend almost all the way to Highway 50 where its not hard to thumb a ride to the top when your obviously an MTBer.

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Brian Metsker   Cross Country Rider [Sep 16, 2009]

This trail ripps! It is the shortest of the Monarch Trail routes. But, it is fun! Starts with a cool technical descent, then fast rolling singletrack. Fairly technical areas, & 3 sweet log bridge crossings. I would rate it fairly difficult... probly intermediate +!
If you are pressed for time & want to do a ride that is as fun if not better than going all the way to Rainbow trail... DO THIS ONE!!!

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You can shuttle it from top of Monarch pass leaving car at bottom. That's how I did it...and it was good. Absolute bikes in Salida says some ride up N. Foose creek to Monarch to S. Foose. It is well marked where trail starts on Monarch Trail. Climb 5 miles on monarch Trail...turn left onto S. Foose Trail... Hold on & LET IT ROLL!

Similar Products Used: ALL pretty much...Agate Creek is good. All trails coming off Crest Trail will bring big smiles!
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