What's in this Area?
This is an easy nordic tour that is about 3.5 miles around the orchard. While there are some tougher trails, the general route is to start at the Toll Road towards the left, turn right onto Mac Run at the bottom of the hill. Follow the Old East Brookfield Road, then turn to follow Lincoln Road, Cross over the road, get back on North Connector, go uphill and then turn onto Oak Run (which is the easiest trail).
After you cross the road again, you will continue on Oak Run, follow the stone wall, get on Great Woods Trail (which is rated more difficult) and head across the open field (hay U) into the woods. Take Fruit Loop around the upper orchard, and then get back on the North Connector Trail. Stay on North Connector through the orchard, turn left onto Mac Run, and make the short ascent to the parking lot.[more]
Monarch is in the southern part of the state, close to Salida. There is some excellent terrain around there.
How to Get There
From Denver: Travel 285 South for 125 miles then go West on US HWY 50. Travel 13.5 miles to the top of Monarch Pass. From Colorado Springs:Take I-25N to US HWY 50. Travel 31.5 Miles to the top of Monarch Pass.
limited camping during the winter, but spring and summer there is plenty
Salida has Amicas, some really good Thai food, and some pretty good mexican food