Here are some stats for those who are into numbers:
Distance: 53.6 miles round trip.
Climbing elevation: 10321'.
Ride time: 5:01
Time spent climbing: 1:39
Time spent descending: 1:00(!)
I've always wanted to ride the Crest trail with a full-suspension bike and the forecast was unbelievable so I called the Bagel and the next thing you know we were slogging up Monarch pass on the way to the Crest.
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At the top of Monarch Pass, we stopped for a quick snack and to top off the water before heading up the short climb to the entrance to the Crest Trail.
Once you are on the Crest trail, you are at or near timberline (11000') for quite some time.