Ascent of Glenwood Mountain on 2007-08-12

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, August 12, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Glenwood Mountain
    Elevation:11226 ft / 3421 m

Ascent Trip Report

Monroe and Signal Peaks are about 6 miles apart and rival each other for a prominence of over 4100' near Richfield UT. Monroe is officially one foot higher, but the difference is far too small to be conclusive, so a serious prominence bagger will want to climb both peaks in order to be sure of claiming the prominence. I did so on 2007 Aug 12.

Near the center of the town of Monroe UT, UT-118 makes a 90° turn at the intersection of 100S and Main. An LDS ward building sits on the SW corner of this intersection. Zero your odometer and head S on Main St. At 0.7 miles, the road turns 45° left. At 1.7 miles, the road enters a canyon and the Fishlake NF. The road remains paved but narrow as it passes some private residences. At 3.3 miles, FR 162 branches off to the left at a guard station. This is the way to Signal Peak, whereas the way to Monroe Peak continues straight ahead.

To get to Signal Peak, drive up FR 162, which is steep and rocky and a vehicle without high clearance will probably have trouble, though 4WD is not necessary. FR 162 ends at a turnaround loop beside a spring with a corrugated metal pipe at 7600 feet after 2.3 miles. A climber in a vehicle that cannot make it up this road could still climb Signal Peak by hiking FR 162, but the elevation gain would increase from 3600' to 5000'.

A trail continues from the end of FR 162. According to the 7.5' topo, the trail is a useful route up the canyon to almost 9000', but in truth it veers to the right out of the canyon at about 8600'. When I realized it wasn't going to take me where I wanted to go, I headed straight uphill through open forest and sage hillside to the saddle just east of point 9120+, which lies about 2000' NE of Scrub Flat Reservoir. From here I was able to locate the remains of a trail, probably intended to be the one shown on the map that descends steeply 200' to the bottom of the canyon immediately to the north. Then I began the long, arduous trek eastward up this canyon. Brush and small cottonwoods were heavy at times and there is a 40 foot high waterfall at about 9200', but usually the going is OK. Upon reaching this canyon junction at 10550', I debated whether to continue east to the summit plateau of Glenwood Mountain or turn left and head NNE up a more direct but apparently steeper route. I made up my mind when I found a trail that headed up the due east branch. The trail faded occasionally, but it kept to the open forest and was overall quite useful. When the gradient lessened, I began traversing left toward Signal Peak. The summit ridge runs east to west and is crowned by three bumps, of which the easternmost, which has the BM and an old wooden sign that is leaning over and falling apart, is the highest.

I decided to descend by the canyon that heads NNE from the 10550' junction. The footing is not as good as in the canyon that goes east, the brush is thicker, there are occasional fallen logs across the bottom, and the sides are steep where these must be circumnavigated. Whether or not these drawbacks are worth the benefit of avoiding the traverse across the plateau above the other canyon is a close call.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3626 ft / 1105 m
    Route:First Lefthand Fork
    Trailhead:First Lefthand Fork  7600 ft / 2316 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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