What's in this Area?
The descent for this area is pretty short, but it does get steep. You start out going through the trees, and as it gets steeper, it becomes an avy path. The hanging meadow is a short pitch that is void of trees, but be careful because it is prone to avalanches caused by backcountry skiers. Once you are down through the meadow, you can cut hard left to get back to the first turnoff and take a quick skin back up to the warming hut or you can continue NW and go down to 7 Mile, which is a much longer run.[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