Monarch Lakes Trail

HARD 8 reviews
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Monarch Lakes Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible from July until October.

8.9 miles 2654 feet Out & Back



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A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Monarch Lakes and back. The hike from Mineral King to Monarch Lakes is 4.2 miles one way with an elevation gain of about 2500ft.The hike starts at an elevation of 8000 and reaches 10400ft at Lower Monarch Lake. This is a moderately difficult hike and is best done as a day hike. This seems to be a popular route for backpackers who go past the sawtooth pass to columbine lakes. The track shows the hike up to the lakes. Follow the same route back to the parking lot.

7 days ago

Backpacked/hiked in from trailhead. First mile is most challenging with fairly steep steps, but levels out well for the rest of the hike. Excellent views of Mineral King Valley and surroundings. Nice approach to Sawtooth Peak and pass. Clear Lakes and many small trout. Wilderness Crew recently rebuilt the pit toilet at Lower Monarch, Thanks! Fall colors in the Valley are Gorgeous!

2 months ago

One of my favorite trips of all time. Swimming in the lake was so refreshing.

2 months ago

Fantastic trail. If you're an altitude addict like myself the 11k elevation is amazing. This Alpine trail is beautiful with meadows and two insanely clear lakes. If you're in good shape go tackle it.

3 months ago

Backpacked/camped here mid-July. Tons of biting flies and mosquitoes from bottom to top, but the hike itself is great. Lots of exposure might not make it ideal for backpackers/hikers afraid of heights, but this is clearly an alpine hike, so caveat emptor! The lakes are lovely and great for a refreshing dip on a hot day.

5 months ago

7 months ago

1 year ago

Great hike with good variety of terrain features. You can't go wrong in the Mineral King Valley.

1 year ago

Did this on my Mineral Kings trip. Killer lake views