Monitor Pass is off to the east of the Sierra Crest by about 20 miles. The area is a somewhat vast barren landscape with little evidence of human developement. Leviathan Peak (the area high point) is a mound of metamorphic rock about a half mile north of Monitor Pass in the north Eastern Sierra. The peak has transmission facilities and an old abandon fire lookout.
There is a walk up road from Hwy. 89 that goes to the top. This is a quick hike up the road or a direct slog through the sage brush that can be done in an hour or 2. The views are outstandingly remote taking in the likes of the Crystal Range near South Lake Tahoe to as far south as the Sweetwater Mountains and the peaks above Sonora Pass..
Anticipate 3 miles 700' gain round trip. Cut the distance in half if you go sage brush direct (an approach rather frowned apon if I must say). Let's just say you can't exactly read the newspaper at the same time.
South from Monitor Pass area.
From the west: From the junction of Hwy. 4 with Hwy. 89 5 miles south of Markleeville continue east on Hwy. 89 13.5 miles to Monitor Pass.
From the east: From the junction with Hwy. 395 a few miles north of Topaz take Hwy 89 west 5 miles as it winds up to Monitor Pass.
Northeast from summit
Park at the pass or along the road. Go a third of a mile east along 89 to the road up Leviathan Peak. The road is locked and only accessible to service vehicles but hikers welcome.
West from Hwy 89
This is in Toiyabe National Forest. No permits required for day hikes.
When to Climb
Obviously when the roads are open. May or June into October depending on the snowfall. Looks like a nice area for cross country skiing.