3 miles
1,149 ft
-84 ft
Avg time
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Monument Pass Trail Details

  • Riding area
    South Lake Tahoe
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • 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.

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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 Aug 25, 2017
Avg: 3 (1 votes)

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Monument Pass Trail Trail Reports

Aug 25, 2017 @ 1:14am
Aug 25, 2017
A bit sandy in some spots near the top but overall great condition from recent rain storms
Jul 11, 2017 @ 10:27am
Jul 11, 2017
Mar 22, 2017 @ 9:07am
Mar 22, 2017
reporter Covered in snow
Mar 15, 2017 @ 12:24pm
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017 @ 10:33am
Mar 15, 2017
reporter Covered in snow
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1 Review & Comments

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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

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