From the south, LA 1036 begins at an intersection with LA 441 in Holden. It heads north to an intersection with LA 442. The two highways overlap westward for 1.1 miles (1.8 km) before LA 1036 departs again to the north. Just after entering St. Helena Parish, LA 1036 intersects LA 1041. LA 1036 then turns eastward toward a terminus at LA 441 in Montpelier.