Monitor Pass Drive

EASY 3 reviews

Monitor Pass Drive is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

17.6 miles
2,690 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

scenic driving




wild flowers


scenic driving
1 month ago

We took Monitor Pass from South Lake Tahoe toward Lee Vining. Scenery is wide open at the top with meadows and views of the Sierras in the distance. Then the scenery changes and you see wide sweeping views of the valley from high above Topaz Lake. Finally you cut through the rocky ridge at the bottom to bring you out to I-395. Nice views and several opportunities to stop. They just repaved sections of the road in June/July 2018 so smooth blacktop. Enjoy the ride!

scenic driving
10 months ago

Top 3 scenic Sierra Nevada rides whether cycling,driving or hiking. Endless area to explore and some of the finest fall color.

scenic driving
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Monitor Pass or highway 89 is one of the finest, most scenic roads especially for motorcycles in the entire state of Ca. You drop three thousand feet or so in just a few miles with a very nice road and a view from the top all the way down to Topaz.... For me the best pass hands down through the Sierras. A truly incredible ride and view!