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Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby boudreaux » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:36 am

Does anyone know the distance to Mt Ouray from Monarch Pass along the Continental Divide? How about some road conditions along Marshall Pass Rd from the east to Grays Creek TH? Will be heading up there in mid July. Has anyone ever climbed directly up the bowl to the summit, it looks interesting, some of those shoots on the left side look doable.
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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby rijaca » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:05 am

Beau, the Marshall Pass road is passenger car friendly if you go slow (potholes and washboard). I gotta believe that bowl is full of loose stuff and not a lot of fun to climb. The east ridge route is supposed to go thru a cool bristlecone forest. There's a cool cabin near the top of Marshall Pass that you can stay in (first come-first serve).

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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby anasarca76 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:06 am

I cannot comment on the length from Monarch Pass to Mt. Ouray; however I went up to Marshall Pass from highway 285 on May 20th and it was dry as a bone. I took the ridge up from Marshall Pass which was a fun hike/climb, but not sure about the doability of a bowl directly..

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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby boudreaux » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:59 am

Thks Ricky, I think the Grays Creek TH is looking like the place to go, but I will make some decisions once I get to the Devil's Armchair. I was thinking that too, maybe a rib or two can get me up there to avoid the fun stuff. Hopefully someone has some info on the ridge run from Monarch Pass.

Good to know the road is passable and dry Anasarca76, thks for that info!
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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby Mark A Steiner » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:15 am

Once tried this route many years ago with high hopes but started too late to get very far. Sidestepped Monarch Crest and only got to Pahlone Peak before turning back. I would like to know if anyone has attempted this because it would be a dandy hike for a trip report.

Otherwise, rijaca's suggestions about Marshall Pass look good from here. Have fun.
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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby Tigerbear » Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:41 pm

Grey's Creek Trail is more defined late in the season. It may have some tree downfall after the microbursts that hit the valley last nov.
The white rib in the bowl looks interesting. I have Used Grays Creek Th into the bristlecone bowl, up the NE ridge and down the SE ridge for Tour de Ouray!
It would be a good way to scout the ribs to climb in the bowl..
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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby Vermont Mike » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:11 am

Just some beta on the Gray's Creek trail as I hiked it a couple weeks ago . . . there is quite a bit of downfall but nothing that will slow you down very much. Trail is easy to follow all the way to the bristlecone forest. Made it to the trailhead in my civic without an issue, road got a little rougher after that (I only went about a half mile past) but still passable. The small parking area for the trailhead is shortly before a small (easy to miss) sign that says Gray's Creek.

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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby dehrlich101 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:35 pm

Monarch Pass to the Little Cochetopa Creek Trail turn off is 7.8 miles, from that point I am not sure what the milage to the top of Mount Ouray would be but it's under 2 miles.

Follow the Continental divide trail until it joins the Colorado Trail at mile 5.

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View of UN 13,472, Chipeta Mountain (12,850') and Mount Ouray.

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Turn right at this intersection. (The Green Creek Shelter is just east of here. It is first come, first serve but would be a good place to set up base camp if you're planning on spending a few days there. Water is 0.3 miles away along the Green Creek Trail)

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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby dehrlich101 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:39 pm

At mile 7.8, turn left at the Little Cochetopa Trail intersection. Gain the ridge between Mount Ouray and Chipeta Mountain, and traverse over to Mount Ouray.

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Hope this helps.. Nat Geos La Garita/Cochetopa Hills Map #139 shows the route really well. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby boudreaux » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:37 pm

Thanks Daniel, I have been thinking of riding my bike from Monarch Pass to Ouray as one of many options. I could see the tire tracks in some of the pictures. Hopefully that day will be a clear day for a long ridge run like this. I have estimated it may be around 9 miles one way. I was thinking of getting #139, I'll have to get it on your recommendation! I guess the elevation gain/loss on the ridge would be good to know?
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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby dehrlich101 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:38 pm

boudreaux wrote:Thanks Daniel, I have been thinking of riding my bike from Monarch Pass to Ouray as one of many options. I could see the tire tracks in some of the pictures. Hopefully that day will be a clear day for a long ridge run like this. I have estimated it may be around 9 miles one way. I was thinking of getting #139, I'll have to get it on your recommendation! I guess the elevation gain/loss on the ridge would be good to know?


Sorry I cannot help you on the elevation gain/loss on the whole ridge.. The Little Cochetopa Trail intersection is at 11814', from there the gain would be 2157' to Mount Ouray maybe a little bit more if there is some ups and downs. Biking to this trailhead would be an excellent idea.
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Re: Monarch Pass to Mt Ouray

Postby boudreaux » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:55 am

The distance from Monarch Pass to Marshall Pass is 10 miles along the CDT, thought I'd share this.
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