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How'd you come to the 40 miles? Although I've never used a computer on that (or any) ride, the guidebook and trailmap both show it to be about 32 miles if you start at the pass, take the Silver Creek drainage to the Rainbow Trail, and then zoom down the highway to Poncha Springs. Is there a way to add some mileage w/o doubling back? Last year after finishing the ride, we crossed Hwy285 & continued on the Rainbow for a bit. That was a death march, and I wouldn't recommend it. Anyway, thanks for the beautiful pics of a beautiful ride. Looks like you had perfect weather and no threat of storms.
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Perpetually single track
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Follow the rainbow trail past highway 50 and take it into Salida is the main option I know of that makes for 40....more sweet ST!!! I plan on hitting it this weekend.
 

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Basura Blanca
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See Monarchcrest.com. It's just west of Salida.
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keypocket said:
What part of Colorado is that? I've only rode in Telluride and Durango. That looks amazing.
 

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rippling over canyons said:
Where is the Agate trail?
agate is on the west side of monarch - the rides starts the same as the crest but turn off a bit earlier and then it is a nice long descent, 13-14 miles. its a great ride as well, shorter, takes about 3-4 hours
 

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Guidebook now available

While I was in CB I picked up a really nice guidebook for the Arkansas River Valley. Covers rides from Salida up to Leadville, and includes Agate and a number of other options off of Monarch Crest. It's written by Nathan... (rats - can't remember the last name), and one of the better MTB guide books I've seen. Any LBS in the area should have a copy.
 

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billybobzia said:
agate is on the west side of monarch - the rides starts the same as the crest but turn off a bit earlier and then it is a nice long descent, 13-14 miles. its a great ride as well, shorter, takes about 3-4 hours
Thanks for the info. I guess if one was willing to do the long grunt up highway 50 after riding Agate, then, both Monarch and Agate could be done in one ride!
 
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