Haiwee Pass
(the hard way to reach Monache Meadows)

Revised 11 Jun 2012 - please send updates to the webmaster

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Roughly 10 miles south of Olancha (waypoint OLANCH) on Hwy 395, turn west on Haiwee Canyon Road (waypoint HAI395). This is an un-marked intersection so look for a road which crosses the 4-lane Hwy 395 with turn lanes.

Cross a cattle guard where a brown and white sign says Haiwee Pass Trail straight ahead, continue west-ish under the power lines (waypoint HAIPWR) and into National Forest land. The road is rocky but suitable for any vehicle.

There is a great place to camp with an old concrete slab and fireplace, and an unusually good shade tree (waypoint HAICMP). Above that the wind is stronger as you enter a canyon. Beware the water in the small burbling stream! Cattle were standing in it and the makeshift fence higher up the drainage didn't look like it would last forever.

The road requires high clearance (but not really 4WD) at an irrigation dam (waypoint HAI2WD) where passenger cars should park in a small turnaround. There is more parking at the trailhead sign (waypoint HAI4WD) or you can leave vehicles further down by the campsite.

The trail washed out a couple of years ago, and as of 2012 a ranger notice at the trailhead says 2 miles of trail have been obliterated. There does not seem to be any rebuilding plan, and while there are sections of use trail there is not enough traffic to make it clear. Until the stream fork just below Soda Springs (waypoint HAISOD) it's essentially cross-country scrambling. Above that the trail becomes very obvious and easy to follow, but there is no water until you get over the pass (waypoint HAIPAS) all the way down to the South Fork of the Kern River.

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