Article by W0CP on Aug 19 2015 at 02:08

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The 4wd road referenced by ZZK is very rough, if you take this make sure you have have a high clearance vehicle.. Also, note that the road has unnecessary elevation gain that can be avoided by hiking the Continental divide trail. Park in the parking lot and hike up behind the gondola building. Proceed on the dirt road and take the Continental divide trail on the right at the fork. Proceed on the continental divide trail until you arrive at a demised four-wheel-drive road which climbs left up to the shoulder. Leave the road at its high point and bushwhack to the summit, staying to the left on the ascent. To activate Monarch Ridge, stay on the road after your descent and head straight for the radio towers. Follow the four-wheel-drive road back down to the parking lot.