Ascent of Monument Peak on 2020-10-04

Climber: Ira Rushwald

Date:Sunday, October 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monument Peak
    Elevation:8592 ft / 2618 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Lake and Monument from Lake of the Woods. We decided to climb Lake first and went up a fun, easy class 3 gully that is over near the east ridge route. Near the top there are numerous options but we took the right most exit which led us directly to the summit. From there it was down the west side which is not particularly fun, steep and loose rock/scree down to the creek at the bottom. This creek seems to always be running so no need to carry water for the entire day from Lake of the Woods. Here i left my two partners and proceeded solo starting at about 12:15. I took Sean Alpert's shortcut up to the ridge top (this is an excellent and easy way up). From there I followed the ridge up, and when getting close to what looks like a summit, went left and into a steep, crappy gully. Top out on this and then see Monument about a mile away across a rocky slope. It goes pretty quickly though and I reached the summit about 2:15. Had lunch and headed down getting back to the creek at about 4:15 where I filled with water and decided to try the traverse back to the Lake. The traverse is steep in places, very loose in other places, and generally difficult to follow, but 1000 ft less elevation gain than going back over Lake. I'm not sure which one is better but i chose the traverse so on I went. Finally reached the ridge top above the lake at about 6:15. Down the steep slope and on to camp where my partners were waiting.
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