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    Monarch Crest question

    For the high altitude gurus here. How does Monarch Crest handle all this moisture? A bunch of us are planning on heading up there late next week, but with all this monsoon rain we've had, how well does that trail drain? How many days does it take to drain?

    Will it be rideable next week or should we push it off until September?

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    The trail itself might have some puddles - but the soil composition lends itself to not becoming a muddy mess for the most part...

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    There will be a few sections that will be sloppy but for the most part it should be great. Rainbow trail will be sweet with all this moisture

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    The trail itself might have some puddles - but the soil composition lends itself to not becoming a muddy mess for the most part...
    What he said. And what cbrock said.

    Furthermore, sounds like the Front Range has continued getting hammered, but it really seems to have tapered off up here. And forecast is that as this week wears on it should more or less stop. There's always the chance for rain in the afternoon, but the super wet ones are supposed to be more or less stopping. Crest Trail + Silver + Rainbow should be like buttah.
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    It's Colorado...by next week the trail conditions will definitely change. Could be dry for 2 days, and you'll have a totally different experience.

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    It rained up there a few hours ago, so if it is muddy, please stay on the trail, ride though the puddles. Please do not ride off trail.

    For up to date weather, check out the COtrip website to Monarch Pass: Road Conditions, Speeds, Travel Times, Traffic Cameras, Live Streaming Traffic Cameras, Road Closures and Road Work Information provided by Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) a branch of Colorado Department of Transportation Click the light blue Weather Station bar on the right and click Hwy 50- Monarch Pass.
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    I think we're going to push the trip back to September to make sure the trail is OK... and so we don't get caught in an afternoon thunderstorm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    I think we're going to push the trip back to September to make sure the trail is OK... and so we don't get caught in an afternoon thunderstorm.
    Yeah... get caught in an afternoon snowstorm instead.

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    EARLY September!

    Either way, I've been rained on, hailed on, snowed on and lightening-ed on in the mountains. Sometimes separately and once, all at the same time in one giant storm!
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