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Colorado Trail, CDT, Collegiate Loop Hostel
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Located 6 miles east of Monarch Pass hwy 50

38.55227480053793, -106.28985244511894

We welcome all thru hikers and bikers  

Just 2 miles by trail off the CDT,CT West and Colleigate Loop 

from Boss Lake trail head


Donation based - suggested $30 per night per person

No reservations are required - first come first serve. 

 Showers and Laundry are available

see below for directions and resupply packages

Great Location for Slackpacking



Packages can be mailed to the Monarch Mountain Lodge which is right across the street from the hostel. Reason being UPS, FEDEX, USPS all know where the lodge is so packages won't get lost. The lodge does accept thru hiker packages 



Monarch Mountain Lodge (Your Name)

22720 W US HWY 50

Salida CO 81201 


Shuttles to and from trail heads and to town for resupply are NOT provided daily. 

If and when our team is able we will offer rides to accommodate your needs and donations are appreciated.


Hitchhiking on Monarch Pass to Salida, trailheads, or the hostel is very easy with drivers being very familiar with seeing hikers and offering a lift. 

Hiker Directions

Hiking North/South - CT West / CDT - Boss Lake Trailhead Turn Off

 Going from segment 4 into segment 5 you will come to a sign for Boss Lake Trailhead.


Turn off trail here


Walk 2 miles down jeep road 230 then a side trail following butterfly signs. 

If you miss the signs and reach HWY 50 walk downhill (east) for 0.2 miles and you will see butterfly house sign on north side of highway. 

Hiking South/North CT East

At segment 15 you will reach HWY 50 at mile 253. You can hitch hike or hike the highway 2.4 miles up the pass (west) to the Butterfly House.


Second right driveway past the Garfield Sign 

Look for Butterfly House sign


From Top of Monarch Pass

Hitchhike 6 miles down Monarch Pass, HWY 50 east bound towards Salida.

You will pass the Monarch Mountain Lodge hotel on your right and the hostel will be the second left driveway 0.1 miles after.

There is a butterfly sign at the bottom of driveway.

Walk to the top of driveway.

 From Salida / Poncha Springs

Hitchhike 15 miles up Monarch Pass, HWY 50 West bound.

Sign for town of Garfield on your right.

The driveway is the second turn on the right after the Garfield sign.

There is a Butterfly Sign at the bottom of the driveway.


Walk to the top of the driveway.

Enjoy some photos from the 2020 hiker season

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