Monache Meadows

Total Miles
9.0

Elevation

2,621.77 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Summer

Trail Overview

Beautiful scenic valley surrounded by wilderness areas. Road follows and crosses South Fork of Kern River. Great camp spots along route and at the end. Explore, camp, fish and relax along river. Remote, secluded area. Open to green-sticker vehicles, but you must stay on existing routes at all times.

Photos of Monache Meadows

Monache Meadows
Monache Meadows
Monache Meadows

Difficulty

A few small hills and mildly rocky in places. Sandy whoop-tidos crossing Monache Meadows. River crossings usually shallow, but may be deeper in the spring. Suitable for high-clearance stock SUVs. Four-wheel drive is recommended but is not always necessary if you stay on main route.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Thomas Hughes
May 05, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Seasonal Closure
Still closed for winter. Seems like everything else up here is still closed including Troy. Snow has mostly melted.
Kurt Ford
Nov 26, 2023
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
Rough/Deteriorated
Geoff Palmer
Nov 19, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Snow/Ice
Thomas Hughes
Oct 21, 2023
2019 Chevrolet Colorado
Open
Normal

Access Description

From Kernville, take Sierra Way north about 20 miles and turn right on Sherman Pass Road. Go another 32 miles following signs to Black Rock Work Station. Continue north 3.5 miles on 21S03 and turn right on 21S36. Go another 3.6 miles and turn left on dirt road 34E38. Trailhead is on left in another mile.

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