Back in 1987 I planned a 2 week backpacking trip with my new wife, starting at Mineral King and going up through Sawtooth Pass. Discovering I had a severe hernia 2 weeks before we left scuttled that plan, and I have never had a chance to see the Sawtooth area. It was great to have a look at it, even with the clouds!
Monarch Creek along with Sawtooth is great due to the its proximity to the trailhead at Mineral King. Not too many places where one can feel they are truely in the high sierra so close to their car (on the West side).
I just went up there yesterday; I can see it taking a long time finding your way with poor visibility! I backtracked a few times myself. Once you go a little off route, it is more class 3 than 2; boulders are huge when you get closer to the ridge.