Monarch Lakes

Three Rivers, California 93271

Monarch Lakes

Monarch Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The reward for this hike’s stiff climb is a pair of picturesque subalpine lakes cradled in a dramatic cirque basin beneath multicolored peaks of metamorphic rock. Not only is the destination stunningly beautiful, but also the vistas of the Mineral King area during the ascent are equally impressive. Despite the climb—2,500 feet in 3-plus miles—the trip up the Sawtooth Pass Trail is popular with backpackers and day hikers alike.

The Mineral King Road is usually open by Memorial Day weekend, but the trail to Monarch Lakes is usually snowbound until early July following winters of average snowfall. Trail use is highest from mid-July through August. The weather in September can be quite enjoyable."

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"The reward for this hike’s stiff climb is a pair of lovely subalpine lakes cradled in a picturesque cirque beneath multicolored, metamorphic rock peaks. Not only is the destination stunningly beautiful, but the views of Mineral King Valley during the ascent are equally impressive. Despite the climb—2,500 feet in 3-plus miles—this trip up the Sawtooth Pass Trail is fairly popular among backpackers and dayhikers alike." Read more

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Trail Information

Three Rivers
Nearby City
7.8
Distance
2,740 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Duration
Usually open by Memorial Day
Season
Sequoia National Park
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