Ascent of Monument Mountain on 2016-12-04

Climber: Robert Murray

Date:Sunday, December 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monument Mountain
    Elevation:1739 ft / 530 m

Ascent Trip Report

Many people mix Monument Mountain up with Squaw Peak ( which is sub peak). The trail head is unmarked and is on Route 183 south of Housatonic. There is a large grass shoulder where locals know that they can also access the popular Flag rock summit from this trail head. My goal was to summit both peaks on this day. Trail follows old logging road to near summit. Bushwhacked the last section. Summit area has no views. Tried to find route down cliff area to west towards Flag Rock. First attempt was unsuccessful. If you follow my GPS track don't go down into mountain laurel, it ends at 100' plus cliff. Stay on ridge or return back same way you ascended until logging road that breaks off to west about half way down. This route will be easy all the way to summit of Flag rock. Make left at rock cairn. Great views from summit of Flag rock to west of Housatonic valley and out to Catskills.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1004 ft / 306 m
    Total Elevation Loss:509 ft / 155 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1004 ft / 306 m
    Route:South side of mountain
    Start Trailhead:735 ft / 224 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:509 ft / 155 m
    End Trailhead:1230 ft / 374 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Monument mtn and Flag rock

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Flag Rock2016-12-04264 ft / 80 m
1Monument Mountain2016-12-041004 ft / 306 m
Total Trip Gain: 1268 ft / 386 m    Total Trip Loss: 1288 ft / 392 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Robert Murray
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