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Monarch Wilderness

Formerly known as the High Sierra Primitive Area, this wildland is steep and rugged, with high ridges standing above deep canyons. Elevations range from about 2,000 feet on the banks of the South Fork of the Kings River to 11,077 feet on Hogback Peak. Just south of the John Muir Wilderness and west of Kings Canyon National Park, the Monarch Wilderness is home to ragged peaks and canyons, mountain meadows, shallow lakes, and spectacular geological formations. Spanish Mountain offers a breathtaking view of the southern Sierra Nevada.


  • Sierra and Sequoia National Forest
  • 44,896 acres
  • Hogback Peak is the highest point at 11,077

How to Get Here:

52 miles east on Highway 180 from the Big Stump Entrance Station. Beyond the entrance station, turn left on Kings Canyon Highway and drive about 12 miles and the highway enters the Monarch Wilderness.

What to Do:

Backpacking, hiking and camping


The Monarch Wilderness is managed by the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. If you enter the wilderness from the south through Sequoia National Forest no wilderness permit is required. If you begin your trip on the northern side of the wilderness in Sierra National Forest, however, a wilderness permit is required.


Hume Lake Ranger District
1839 South Newcomb St.
Dunlap, CA 93621
(559) 338-2251


1600 Tollhouse Rd.
Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 487-5155


May 1  – Nov 1

Local Tip:

The ragged, brushy terrain in the northwest portion (in Sierra National Forest) has no trails, and travel is extremely difficult. Trails in the rest of the area (in Sequoia National Forest) are mostly steep and strenuous.

Resources: – trails!.