2.8 miles
Distance
1,149 ft
Climb
-84 ft
Descent
00:51:01
Avg time
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  • USFS
    Land Manager

Monument Pass Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Freel High Country
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    May-November
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #53476 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57343 in Trail Running
    • #25990 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Monument Pass Trail bike trail 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
    7.288%
  • Grade max
    -10.404%
  • Grade min
    38.148%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1,577 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,019 ft
  • Avg time
    00:51:01
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:38
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Status:
on May 22, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 3.6 (5 votes)
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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      Monument Pass Trail Trail Reports

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      May 22, 2022 @ 8:48pm
      May 22, 2022
      Couple small snow patches uphigh. 99% clear
      Nov 27, 2021 @ 7:42am
      Nov 27, 2021
      3 very small patches of snow (10 feet) with a track through them. Otherwise great.
      May 13, 2021 @ 10:20pm
      May 13, 2021
      No snow so go!
      Aug 10, 2020 @ 7:09am
      Aug 10, 2020
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 2:26pm
      Jun 12, 2020
      All clear and getting really sandy
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 41 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 373 rides
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      Mar 20, 2017 @ 10:56pm
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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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...
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      djsymptoms (Nov 23, 2018 at 12:37)
       Why is this labeled as a black diamond? Other than the sandy corners, this trail is pretty easy.
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      • + 0
      thesquid (Jul 18, 2019 at 11:29)
       Pluses : beautiful views, gives you loop options to link Star Lake Connector

      Negatives: sand, deep at times, hike a bikes.

      I rode down it. Don't know how it would be coming up.
      [Reply]





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