Cycling Monarch Pass East, Colorado
Ride 11.3 miles gaining 3,128’ to elevation 11,312’ at 5.2% average grade.
Monarch Pass is located on the Continental Divide at 11,312’ and is at the southern end of the Sawatch Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains. The grade of the climb is a fairly steady 5-8%, with the steepest quarter-mile at 9.2% at mile five.
While this is a great climb and the roadway has a wide shoulder, you are effectively riding on a freeway (Highway 50) with big trucks and cars whizzing by at high speed. We do not recommend this climb for that reason.
July 1, 2018: Our friend Chris Jacobs of Byers, Colorado.
Chris was seriously injured when hit by a hit and run driver on Loveland Pass July 2020.
Be well Chris and speedy recovery.