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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest
by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)
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Nice trail, but steeper than the profile appears in the description. We hiked it after the first snowfall of the year and other than a number of deadfalls to climb over/through, there were no problems. The highest altitude is around 5200 ft and is reached about the middle of the hike. The summit of Green Monarch Peak is just over 5000 ft. Beautiful views of the Clark Fork Delta and Lake Pend Oreille.
Beautiful trail with amazing views of Lake Pend Orielle. The elevation gain is spread out so it is not too challenging. Highly recommend this hike.
Have done this trail three times and WILL do it again. This is a difficult hike and is moderate in spots and the gain in evevation is due to hiking up/down the drainage of the Monarchs. However, if you look forward to the reward of pain...this is the hike for you! Have done this hike with teenagers and they appreciated the reward as most of us know these are scenes most of their class-mates will NEVER experience. The view is breathtaking and it is hard to head back down the trail.
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