Ascent of Monument Mountain on 1995-01-24

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, January 24, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monument Mountain
    Elevation:4834 ft / 1473 m

Ascent Trip Report

To climb the mountain by the easiest route, the SE ridge, drive west on Pinkham road for five miles from its junction with the main paved Monument Road near the Cottonwood Visitors Center. The road has mileage markers and just a hundred feet or so beyond the five mile sign there is a short branch on the north side which is a good place to park and start the hike. Although the road is marked "4WD only", a high-clearance 2WD vehicle can make the five mile point ok. The summit is not visible from the starting point. Looking north there is a large canyon leading up to a broad ridge. Stay to the right of this canyon and follow the ridge to the top of the first hill at about 4160 ft. Continue NNW for about another mile to the rocky summit cone. The round trip distance is five miles with an elevation gain of 1600 ft. Hiking time for the ascent is 1 3/4 hours and allow 1 1/4 hours to return. A detailed description of this route and an alternate longer north side route are given in "On Foot in Joshua Tree", 3rd Ed., by Patty A. Furbush. On page 108 the SE ridge route is described and both routes are shown on a copy of the topo map in appendix D, map #8. The same starting point is suitable for a hike to the Cottonwood Mountains (4493 ft.) high point to the south. 1/95 RLC
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