3 miles
1,149 ft
-84 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Monument Pass Trail

Monument Pass Trail Details

  • Riding area
    South Lake Tahoe
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking

New in 2014, this trail climbs over 1,000 vertical feet in about 3 miles to connect the top of Cold Creek Trail/High Meadow Rd. to Monument Pass and the TRT. The lower half is really fun and flowy, a good climb or descent. The top half is sandy with several rock stair sequences and tight, steep switchbacks. The trail is a difficult option to get up to the TRT, but a better choice to ride down. The Monument Pass Trail passes through many old growth Jupiter trees, Mountain Mahogany, and some cool rock outcroppings. Ride as an out and back or as a loop south to Star Lake or north to Van Sickle Trail.

Access Info

The upper trailhead departs the TRT west traversing the side of Monument Peak before descending to High Meadow.

The lower trailhead: from the end of the Cold Creek Trail turn left (away from the creek) and ride the remnants of High Meadow Rd. under the power lines for a few hundred feet before the trail begins traveling east.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Monument Pass Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,064 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,754 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,818 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,754 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,818 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1,577 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,019 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jul 17, 2018
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to monument-pass-trail trailhead (38.901910, -119.905110)
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Monument Pass Trail Trail Reports

Jul 17, 2018 @ 3:09pm
Jul 17, 2018
Very sandy.
Jun 19, 2018 @ 7:01pm
Jun 19, 2018
Very sandy towards the top.
May 27, 2018 @ 1:14pm
May 27, 2018
All clear zero downed trees
May 12, 2018 @ 11:51pm
May 12, 2018
Snow at the very top on the last few switchbacks. Otherwise excellent conditions after today's rain.
May 6, 2018 @ 9:38am
May 6, 2018
Mostly clear to about halfway up. Snowdrifts that aren’t easily passable after that
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag ecod33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 21:01)
 This is a pretty tough climb, super sandy! Still not a bad option for climbing from High Meadow to star lake. I'd rather make this climb up to the TRT then take that South to get to Starr lake, rather than climb the Starr Lake trail. Several hike-a-bikes, but it's only 2.5 miles to the TRT
  • + 0
flag gasman1 (May 21, 2018 at 22:24)
 made it almost to the trt junction, too many snow drifts right up there. Below, all the way back down cold creek to powerline trail was such a great ride. Cool air, damp trail...the trail...
  • + 1
flag mtbingadventures (Aug 13, 2018 at 12:07)
 Fun trail to ride. There are several really sandy spots that will make you want to take it a bit slow. I bet this trail would be a real blast if it wasn't so loose. Maybe try to time this ride after a couple of rains so the sand won't be so crazy.

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