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    Monarch Wilderness

    Status: CLOSED

    FS Photo by Wilderness Ranger Jeffery Duneman, Sequoia National Forest

    Information Center: Contact the Hume Lake Ranger District office at (559) 338-2251 for updates. The Wilderness Ranger's extension is 315.

    This area was affected by the 2015 Rough Fire. Due to safety concerns, the Monarch Wilderness will be closed to the public until further notice.

    The Monarch Wilderness, shared with Sierra National Forest, is split into two areas by the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. Beautiful and dramatic, this wilderness rises from 2,000 feet in elevation at the South Fork of the Kings River to over 11,000 feet.

    The vegetation ranges from chaparral to sub-alpine, with Giant Sequoia groves dominating the southern sections of the area. Numerous mountain meadows, lakes, creeks, and spectacular geological formations add to the beauty.

    Three trailheads access over 30 miles of trails within the Monarch. In the northern section of the wilderness, several of these trails also lead you into Kings Canyon National Park's spectacular backcountry.

    There are three trailheads into the Monarch Wilderness:

    Deer Cove Trailhead

    Deer Meadow Trailhead

    Kennedy Meadow Trailhead

    Current Conditions:

    Temporarily closed due to the Rough Fire. Check with local agencies for updates.

    Usage: Light

    Best Season: Spring.

    Water: Limited water sources, bring water and a filter.

    Restroom: No