Ascent of Monument Peak on 2015-08-25

Climber: Richard Hensley

Date:Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Monument Peak
    Elevation:10452 ft / 3185 m

Ascent Trip Report

Planned to hike up visible trails from just below the base of Electric Lake Dam. Looked up the hillside and saw a large yellow "No Trespassing" sign. I've had good success with using to determine public ownership of BLM and state lands in other parts of Utah and the West in general, but it looks like National Forests are an exception. They simply assume everything within a National Forest's external border belongs to the USFS, even areas of obvious public homes around Miller Flat Road. I even saw "Land For Sale" signs there.
I was here for the hike, not the county highpoint. Thought about just going home, but decided to drive around and access it the usual way. By the time I got to the little access road to the summit tower, I didn't think it was worth putting my boots on. So I just drove all the way up and "Martinized" it.
Between Fairview and Skyline Dr, basically the west side of the plateau, Utah hwy 31 is closed for long periods on weekdays til sometime in September. When I got there I faced a 3-hr delay. So I had to drive back up 31, then down to Huntington on the east side, then down to I-70 to go west. Here is a link I found for details:
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