Cycling Monarch Pass West
Ride 8.8 miles gaining 2,755’ at 6% average grade.
While there is an excellent shoulder for the entirety of this climb, it is on busy Highway 50 and we thus do not recommend riding Monarch Pass for fun - if it is part of your loop from Buena Vista that includes Cottonwood Pass, maybe. However, now that Cottonwood Pass is open on the backside, we strongly recommend doing that climb as an out-and-back from Buena Vista instead of including it on a loop that includes Monarch Pass.
Monarch Pass is located on the Continental Divide.
Aerial photos of Monarch Pass West.
Summit and Continental Divide.
July 1, 2018 - Our friend Chris Jacobs of Byers, CO.
Chris was seriously injured when hit by a hit and run driver on Loveland Pass July, 2020.
Be will Chris and speedy recovery.