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      Summit Monument Peak Fall 2019 in Twentynine Palms

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      December 7, 2019

      Saturday   8:00 AM

      Cottonwood Exit (168) off of Highway 10 , Pinto Basin Rd.
      Twentynine Palms, California

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      Summit Monument Peak Fall 2019

      This strenuous, cross country hike takes you to the top of the seldom visited high point of the Hexie Mountains, Monument Mountain (Elev. 4814’). The Hexie Mountains are a small range of west to east running mountains within the Park. They begin at the southern end of the sprawling Queen Valley along the Geology Tour Road and end near the Cottonwood Visitors Center. They are rugged and seldom visited.This 6.4 mile round trip hike follows the southeast ridge of the mountain up to the base of the rocky, cone-shaped summit, where an easy rock scramble leads to the top. Along the route of ascent you may see bighorn sheep, a non-native game bird known as a chukar (similar to a quail) and a unique geologic feature in the form of a white quartz dike that has fragmented into a million little pieces. Once on top there is a commanding 360 degree view that includes the Cottonwood, Eagle and Pinto Mountains, and portions of the vast Pinto Basin. Total elevation gain is 1700’. Participants will need a high clearance vehicle for the 5 mile drive to the trail head. Car pooling will be necessary due to the very small parking area.Closed toe hiking shoes required Click to download the course outline: Summit Monument Peak If you are a member of JTNPA you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here. Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Camping reservations must be made through Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT.  You can bring the completed form to the class. Cancellation Policy:  If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.  

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