Trail of the Month: Monache Meadows
Trail of the Month: Monache Meadows
Name of the trail:
Location: Sequoia National Forest
Length: 20 miles
Best time of year to go: April - September
Key Features: Meadows, Rivers, Fishing
Elevation: 8,000 ft
Phone Numbers for local help: Blackrock Visitor Center: (559) 539-2607 ext. 2276
Grid Coordinates: 36.22143, -118.17832
Tire Pressure Advice: 15-20 psi
Rig requirements: High Clearance 2WD with All-Terrain can do it but it would be easier with 4x4
About the Ride:
Tell us about your favorite part of this trail and what time of year did you go?
All the beautiful meadows around to have fun in. The many rivers and streams provide some awesome water crossing. We went at the end of May and the weather was perfect.
Tell us about the trip in general, did you have any scary moments?
I took my high clearance 2WD with all-terrain and on the way out had some trouble with a steep loose dirt section. The trail is all downhill until you have to go back out and that’s when it can be complicated if you don’t have some high clearance.
What was the coolest moment?
I must say all the beautiful scenery around our campsite. This area has so many rivers crossing into each other and there was some awesome fishing to do.
Was there any gear you gained a new appreciation for based on this trip?
I think one gear is having a power station like a Jackery. It’s pretty remote out there and having a solar power system to be able to keep our fridge and other gadgets top off is always a plus.
Would you ever go back?
Yes, already planning on another trip back this year.
Anything else you want to share with us?
It is a remote area but there are a lot of people and the trail can be quite narrow in some sections. Just practice leaving no trace and be mindful of people coming going in and out of the trail.
What makes this a difficult or easy trail?
Difficult would be the loose dirt and getting back out. It’s a steep loose dirt section that can be quite a challenge for 2WD.
What keeps you Overlanding and off-roading?
I think for me personally is the landscape, sceneries, and the friendship we build with similar-minded people. Some of the best memories I’ve had is when I'm outside exploring a trail and just overall having a fun time with my friends.
What’s your dream trail and why?
Imogene Pass and Black Bear Pass. We want to hit up those trails this year if possible.
Would you recommend this trail to anyone or more experienced folks?
I suggest if you don’t have trail experience to go with someone if possible. It is remote and things can go sideways if you’re stuck. However, an experienced person can tackle this trail no problem.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into Overlanding and off-roading?
I grew up in a poor country with dirt floor houses when I was young in the village. I remember however the many beautiful sceneries and mountains we enjoyed as a kid. Now living in America I always reminisce about those experiences. I started camping when I was a teenager and it reminded me of how nature and the outdoors can have such a awes inspiring effect on us. When we got a truck, naturally we used it for car camping and once we started finding trails that we can take our truck on it was a game-changer. I think Overlanding was just a natural fit for us. We enjoyed the outdoors, have a capable truck, and want to explore. It’s been over 20 years of camping now Overlanding is our new love.
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