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Ascent of Monarch Crest on 2019-08-26

Climber: William Musser

Date:Monday, August 26, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monarch Crest
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:11898 ft / 3626 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting near dark, Karen and Willie parked at Monarch Pass and this was my second attempt at this. The first time I tried in winter and without proper snow climbing footwear it was dangerous and I went back. This time in summer - a piece of cake. I started up the maintenance road and it was tedious and slow so at one point (see the GPS track) I simply bushwhacked the side of the mountain and tapped both peaks. One had a cairn at the top the other a tower. Not sure which was the highest ground but of no matter, since I touched both. On the way down, I bee-lined down the chair lift back to the car. There is some very lose material near the steep bottom that I observed from the bottom so I headed to the the north through some grass and trees and came out by the car just as the sun set.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:628 ft / 190 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 11 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:613 ft / 186 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 588 ft / 179 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Parked at paved saddle Monarch Pass  11310 ft / 3447 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:see GPS
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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