Ascent of Monument Peak on 2014-08-31

Climber: Sean Albert

Date:Sunday, August 31, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monument Peak
    Elevation:8592 ft / 2618 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 1 We left the TH at 10:00 am after doing the drive and stopping at the Mazama store for a snack. The Eureka creek was much more tame this time of the year, compared to our early season failed attempt when it was raging. After crossing the the trail is hard to follow, mostly because of all the game trail options, we mostly stayed on the ridge and tried to follow the old trail which is overgrown in places. We went up and over Pistol Pass, the traverse is long and the trail is carved into a cliff in one spot, might we tricky here with snow. We camped at Lake of the Woods, the only water source since crossing Eureka Creek. Made camp at 5:15pm, there is a spur trail leading to the lake from the main trail.

Day 2 After waking up early to the sound of rain on the tent fly we went back to bed. We eventually left camp at 7:10 am heading West and aiming for the for the 7400ft. col above Lake of the Woods. The weather wasn't great, the rain held, but it did snow! August! We traversed West slowly descending through a few gullies, over ridges, across slabs down to 6800ft. before dropping down into the basin. We looked across at Monument's loooong SE ridge, the top was in the clouds, so it was deceiving how far we still had to go. We dropped down to 6200ft. and gained the ridge at 6400ft. We found a way down higher on the ridge (7000ft.) that didn't require dropping so low, cairns zig zagged through cliff bands. Higher up the the ridge the clouds slowly lifted and we had our first real view of Monument from the Southeast ridge, still a ways... We bypassed a steep wall on the ridge just below 8000ft. by taking a small loose gully to climbers left. We were on top of Monument at 12:15 pm, some friends beat us up here this year. Snapped some photos and looked over at Lake, do we have time? Ava had a tough week after our two day Lago/Ptarmigan earlier in the week, her paws/toenails were bleeding... We weren't sure we were going to be able do Lake, since her paws were so chewed up, but we found the shorter way off Monument's SE ridge through the cliff bands and it dumped us right below our route up Lake. We determined up and over Lake wouldn't be much harder than the long traverse back to the col above Lake of the Woods. We were on top of Lake at 4:40pm and decided to descend the East ridge since it would be a HUGE shortcut. (Thanks Colleen) Worked out great, very straight forward, why don't people go up this way? Back down to the our camp at 6:05pm, 11 hours RT.

Day 3 We took our time waking up and packing up, hit the trail at 8:30am. Found a cool USFS canteen on the trail. We made the car at 3:00pm, and headed back to the Mazama store for coffee and then Mondo for dinner.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8592 ft / 2618 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2400 ft / 731 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8592 ft / 2618 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6192 ft / 1887 m; Extra: 2400 ft / 731m
    Loss on way in:2400 ft / 731 m
    Route:SE ridge
    Start Trailhead:2400 ft / 731 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Monument and Lake

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Monument Peak2014-08-31 a8592 ft / 2619 m
2Lake Mountain2014-08-31 b2331 ft / 710 m
Total Trip Gain: 10923 ft / 3329 m    Total Trip Loss: 2800 ft / 854 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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