Distance: 7 km
Elevation Gain: 700 m (2297 ft)
Time: 3 hours
Date Added: July 1, 2008
Last Update: August 23, 2008
If you're in or around Atlin, be sure to do this hike - it offers some great views of Atlin Lake & Atlin Mountain as well as Teresa Island, the 2nd tallest lake-island on the planet. Monarch is not the highest mountain in the Atlin area, but it is a great short day trip that gets you up to the sub-alpine to view the other majestic peaks.
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Coming into Atlin on Highway 7, at the T-junction turn left onto Suprise Lake Road (right goes to Atlin on Discovery Ave). After that, take a right on Warm Springs Road. Continue for 3.5 km until you reach a moderate sized parking area on the right hand side of the road that has a trail sign.
At the parking area there is a sign that points to the trail across the road. Cross the road to get to the trailhead. The trail is easy to follow and climbs steadily at a moderate grade.
The trail crosses a road and a driveway at the beginning. You will soon get some unobstructed views of the surrounding area. There are a couple of benches along the path that offer good resting points with great views.
The summit is a good picnic spot, but if its windy you'll have to find some shelter behind trees. There is some room for exploring at the summit down to some tarns or around the rocky ridges.