Crest #531


The Crest Trail #531 begins at Monarch Pass and ends near Marshall Pass on the Pike-San Isabel National Forest.  This trail follows the Continental Divide for almost its entire length.  Water is scarce along this trail, so it is advised to pack your own.  A three-sided Adirondack shelter can be found about 6 miles from the trailhead.  This trail follows sections of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Colorado Trail and offers access to many other trails.  Trail Map

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, and Motorcycle.
Closest Towns: Whitepine, CO and Sargents, CO

General Information


Monarch Pass Trailhead:

From Gunnison, travel east on Highway 50 for approximately 45 miles.  The trail begins behind the Visitor Center and underneath the Gondola.  Ask at the Visitor Center for specific direction to the trailhead.


Monarch Pass Trailhead:  T. 49N., R. 6E., Section 17.  U.S.G.S. Map: Pahlone Peak.  Elevation: 11,520 feet.



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OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Trail Riding

Open to single track Motorcycles.

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
11.8 miles

  Elevation : 
11,400 - 11,520


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