Rough dirt road down Upper Monarch Canyon to an old miner’s trail.
|Total Distance: 0.7 miles point to point (dead end)||Elevation Gain: 12ft. up, 237ft. down (3,512ft. to 3,287ft.)|
|Road Difficulty: 1.8||Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult|
|View Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 stars||Author’s Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 stars|
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|Pets: Leashed||Horses: Yes|
|Best Seasons: October-May||Special Permits: None|
|Water Availability: None||Overnight Options: Dispersed camping permitted|
|Amenities: None||Crowd Factor: Solitude to Moderate|
Mile-by-Mile: Monarch Canyon Road
0.0 Monarch Canyon Road Junction on the Chloride City Road (3,512ft.). Turn southwest to travel down Upper Monarch Canyon. (36.736708°, -116.912581°)
0.7 End of the Monarch Canyon Road (3,287ft.). About a tenth of a mile before the end, the road passes over some rocks. If you do not have 4×4, stop here and walk the rest of the way to where the road seems to go over a pouroff. A miner’s trail departs to go around the pouroff, but it is inaccessible to vehicles. Views are good over the pouroff. (36.729546°, -116.916941°)
History & More
It’s very likely that the Monarch Canyon Road was constructed to access mining claims in the canyon. A stamp mill and other remains are still visible in the canyon below the pouroff.
Technically, you don’t need 4×4 for this adventure as long as you stop a tenth of a mile before the pouroff. However, high clearance is highly recommended. Don’t try it if you’re not capable of self-rescue – cell service is very limited out here.
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Camping in a canyon is discouraged due to the danger of flash floods.
Remember, it may be easier to climb up dryfalls than down them (or vice versa). Be sure you can climb in the other direction before climbing up or down a dryfall.
Camping is not allowed within one mile of a paved road, developed area, or dirt road that is closed to camping.
Camping is not permitted within 100 feet of a flowing stream, spring, or other natural body of open water.
No camping is permitted on the floor of Death Valley, within one mile of Darwin Falls and Greenwater Canyon, on the active/shifting sand dunes, and certain other canyons and backcountry areas.
Camping is also prohibited within one mile of the Ubehebe Lead Mine, Leadfield Mines, Keane Wonder Mill, and Skidoo Mill.
Camping is limited to 30 days per calendar year within the park.
Fires are permitted in NPS-provided fire grates or grills ONLY.
Leave No Trace Principles are enforced
Drones and model aircrafts are prohibited
Camping is permitted only in designated sites or in areas open to dispersed backcountry camping
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