by Paul Naish,
May 12, 2021
I've made two trips to the eastern portion of the Monarch Trail. They label two separate trails for Monarch. The one I walked was supposedly the non-cycling trail however, cyclists were using it. At present, there are no trail signs so you have to find information from the Monarch Trail web page. The Monarch Trail is listed as a 7.6KM loop. This makes it difficult to identify how long a segment is.
My first trip was from the parking lot at 7373 Reesor Rd. My second was from the parking lot at 7914 14th Avenue (beware there are 7914 signs on both sides of 14th. You want the south side one). On my two trips, I overlapped where I turned around. I figure that the distance from the 14th Avenue Parking lot to the Reesor Road parking lot is a little over 2KM; about an hour. If you car pool, you can leave cars at each end so you can walk straight through (unless you want a 4KM round trip)
When the trail meets the river from 14th, you will see a bluff on the river to the north. I haven't found a trail to it.
Here are some pictures from both my treks from either end.