After my failed attempt to summit Thurston Peak yesterday, I was lying in bed whining to my wife how my legs were stiff and sore. With a “loving” smirk on her face, Jill said, “The best way to loosen up your leg muscles is to go for a hike; where do you want to go?” I thought about it and determined she was right. After doing some research, I decided to give Monument Peak a try.
We left our house at 1:15 p.m. and headed southeast on Highway 6 to Fairview, UT. We arrived in Fairview at 2:05 p.m. and stopped for lunch. At 2:55 p.m. we continued our trip up Fairview Canyon Road to Monument Peak.
Even though the scenery was great, the best part of our ingress was sighting a fawn with its mother. Jill was texting on her phone but fortunately got some pictures.
The road, while dirt for about half of the way up, was in great shape; even though it had rained earlier in the day.
There are a number of various places to park depending on how far one wants to hike to the summit. There is also the option of driving to the top, but I would recommend a 4×4. We parked the car about half a mile from the summit to get a short hike in and loosen up my leg muscles.
Having traveled approximately 67 miles by vehicle, we reached the summit of Monument Peak at about 4:10 p.m.
After taking some pictures, we began our egress and arrived home at about 6:30. Overall, it was a fun trip, and the scenery was as beautiful as anywhere I have ever been.
I was excited to officially “bag” my first peak and enter it into my climbing log. However, my next challenge is to get out of bed in the morning and to trick my “shredded” leg muscles into making me walk upright… I hurt from yesterday!
Map of Ingress/Egress Route
Note: Map functions better in full-screen mode; particularly on computers with less than 8GB of memory.
Date of Trip: 07/02/2016
People in Party: Mark and Jill Carlson.
Activity: Road trip in a car and light hiking.
Beginning and Destination Points: Spanish Fork, UT to Monument Peak, UT.
Total Trip Time: 5 hours and 15 minutes.
Total Trip Mileage: 135 miles.
Elevation High Point: 10,441
Hiking Time: 30 minutes.
Hiking Distance: 1.3 miles.
Elevation Gain: 175 feet.
Miscellaneous: The Home Plate Cafe in Fairview, Utah is a good place to eat, but expensive for what you get.
Map – “Monument Peak” Map. GoogleMyMaps. Google.com, 2 Jul. 2016. Web. 2 Jul. 2016.
Elevation Profile – “Elevation Profile for Monument Peak” Elevation Profile. Profiles. GPSVisualizer.com, 2 Jul. 2016. Created 2 Jul. 2016.