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Monache Meadows

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Location Lake Isabella, CA
Rating Easy,
Length 18.2mi
Time 4hrs

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Camp and hike in beautiful valley between wilderness areas.

Beautiful scenic valley surrounded by wilderness areas. Road follows and crosses South Fork of Kern River. Great camp spots along route and at the end. Explore, camp, fish and relax along river. Remote, secluded area. Open to green-sticker vehicles, but you must stay on existing routes at all times.


Trail Ratings Defined

A few small hills and mildly rocky in places. Sandy whoop-tidos crossing Monache Meadows. River crossings usually shallow, but may be deeper in the spring. Suitable for high-clearance stock SUVs. Four-wheel drive is recommended but is not always necessary if you stay on main route.






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Best Time To Go

May- September

Current Conditions

(760) 876-6200.Most of the trail is in Inyo N.F., Mount Whitney Ranger District.

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Jim Brightly says

My first trip to Monache Meadows was Labor Day weekend of 1964. It was not an easy trail in those days, and crossed Fish Creek at least a half dozen times in the first mile. My wife and I camped in Monache Meadows over our first seven wedding anniversaries (1965 ~ '71), and have visited it several times since. We were there the weekend the route was changed to the current route. It's one of the most beautiful places you'll ever find in a Jeep. Well worth the visit!
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