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Ascent of Monumental Mountain on 2007-09-28

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Friday, September 28, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Monumental Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5534 ft / 1686 m

Ascent Trip Report

EN: "I took the same route as Martin. This is a pretty good road and goes right up to the ridgeline and to the gated summit spur. No gates. Right at the turnoff from Orin-Rice Road is a handmade sign saying 'Private Property 2.2 miles No Trespassing'. One could interpret this to mean either Private Property for the next 2.2 miles or Private Property 2.2 miles ahead as Martin interpreted it. I assumed it meant 2.2 miles ahead. As I drove the road, I passed several driveways to cabins or trailers. Eventually these cabins ended somewhere below 4000' and it was just dirt road through the forest to the summit. Therefore after the fact I came to a slightly different conclusion about what the sign meant but by then it was too late to correct my errant ways. The area right around the summit shows as DNR land on the Colville NF map. Given the lack of gates and no houses right along the road, I probably wouldn't worry about access too much on this one. It's a good thing this is a quick driveup because I can't say there is much about this ugly summit to make it worth spending more time on. On the way down, I chased five wild turkeys and a scrawny moose down the road. The moose stared me down for a few minutes and then slowly trotted down the road in the way I need to go. I slowly followed him for a good mile before he finally headed off to the side into the brush. My moose meeting made Monumental Mtn mildly memorable. --Eric Noel, September 28, 2007
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:134 ft / 41 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Roads from South
    Trailhead:Gate  5400 ft / 1645 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds



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