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Ascent of Monument Peak on 1989-07-02

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 2, 1989
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monument Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7762 ft / 2365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from Weaver-Bally Road (8 mi of OK but steep dirt road driving) as described under trip 1 in Linkhart's The Trinity Alps hiking guide. Found a couple campers at Weaver Lake 1 mile in, and the Bear Gulch Trail down a couple hundred feet as indicated in the book (USGS showed a contour). Following it to the top of the saddle, good use trail went all the way to the notch 100 feet to East of Monument Pk. I went up the North side, much harder Class 3 than the Class 2/3 on the South, and left a new Al Can Register on top; none there before. Clearly saw Shasta and Lassen (covered with Snow) from the top. Continued down the steep canyon on the East to the highest Rush Creek Lake; found lots of snow on the way down. Found the Rush Creek Lakes Trail much lower after some spectacular scenery and dangerous dropoffs, going from lake to lake. It involved quite a bit of up and down, besides being hard-to-find in places. I came out at the trailhead near the Wilderness Boundry, and had to take dirt roads a few miles to get to Hwy 3, then another mile of paved road to reach Rush Creek (again) Campground (6 sites) to meet my ride. Round Trip: 12 hours (2.5 up to the peak & a rather slow trip down) Est 2500' total elev gain and 16 miles
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2032 ft / 617 m
    Elevation Loss:5862 ft / 1785 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.8 km
    Grade/Class:Cl 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1632 ft / 496 m
    Extra Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:from road up to Weaver Bally
    Trailhead:Weaver-Bally Road (8 mi of dirt road driving)  6530 ft / 1990 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5462 ft / 1664 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Rush Creek
    Trailhead:Rush Creek Cmpgnd near Claire Engle Lake  2700 ft / 822 m



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