3 miles
Distance
1,149 ft
Climb
-84 ft
Descent
00:53:36
Avg time
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Monument Pass Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    South Lake Tahoe
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • 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
    #32328 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

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 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
    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
    00:53:36
  • Avg reverse time
    00:19:45
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Status:
on Jun 10, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.5 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Monument Pass Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jun 10, 2019 @ 5:00pm
      Jun 10, 2019
      Jun 10, 2019 @ 5:00pm
      Jun 10, 2019
      Half way up was all clear. Due to time we turned around but it looked clear up higher.
      Nov 19, 2018 @ 5:47pm
      Nov 19, 2018
      For as much of this trail is decomposed granite, it's not really too bad. There's a couple of sections on the upper third that are really loose.
      Jul 17, 2018 @ 3:09pm
      Jul 17, 2018
      Very sandy.
      Jun 19, 2018 @ 7:01pm
      Jun 19, 2018
      Very sandy towards the top.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 54 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 117 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      5 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
      [Reply]
      • + 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...
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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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