Description - Located on the steep rugged King's River drainage, the Monarch Wilderness has few trails but many spectacular features. Huge and unusual granite formations are found throughout the area's rough slopes and canyons. Higher elevations, which reach 10,000 feet are forested, while lower elevations are chaparral-covered.
- There is outstanding backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding available through this wildlife area. BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE NO TRAILS IN THE SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST PART OF THE MONARCH WILDERNESS! Unlike the other wilderness areas in the forest, this does not have a quota system at this time. Although a visitor's permit is required if you will be doing an overnight stay.
Recreation - Horseback riding, hiking, and backpacking are enjoyed on this wilderness area.
Climate - Weather conditions in the Sierra National Forest vary locally with elevation and exposure. Weather changes more rapidly and severely in the Forest's higher elevations. In general, temperatures in the Sierras drop three degrees with each 1000' of elevation gain.
Precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Snowpack above 8000' can be 25 fee in the winter. Winter temperatures well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season when venturing into the high country, with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
This wilderness area is located in the southeast corner of the Forest. It occupies a very small portion of the King River Ranger District. Much it is contained in the Kings Canyon National Park and the Sequoia National Forest.