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distressbarkSplit Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2016


Followed the route description from the Desert Voices TH. I found it impossible to avoid cryptobiotic soil on the route, which was tiring and frustrating. Once the route transitioned to rockier terrain, it became more enjoyable. Route finding was intuitive and every bump on the ridge the looked problematic from afar was easily negotiated. I checked out both summits: the NE summit with the register and and a high point a bit further south with a less obstructed view. Did not see a soul the entire day.
Posted Nov 3, 2016 11:22 am

scgrantSplit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2016


West Ridge Route. More or less followed Edward Earl's trip report from peakbagger to the top. Great route and really cool area. Last person to sign in was Alex Obbard 8 days earlier. Did Tabby Mountain outside of Tabbiona on the drive home.
Posted Jun 9, 2016 11:00 pm

aobbardNice walk, pretty ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2016


Pretty much followed Eric's route up. Easy route-finding, nice, open forest up top. Views from both summits a little boxed-in by trees, so I found myself scrambling around a bit to get different views. I was 2nd person to sign in this year, 7th since Eric, but the horse trail along the ridge is obviously well-used, so this place seems to be visited more often than the register would indicate.

The night before I camped along the Green River across from the monument, on the East side of the obvious bend that sticks up North into the monument. Nice spot in the cottonwoods, just enough 4WD to keep out the RVs, but nothing hairy.
Posted May 23, 2016 10:56 am

ZeeJayNorth Slope Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2015


Quick and easy route except for the 1/2" of snow over frozen mud. Beautiful area.
Posted Nov 14, 2015 10:32 am

ericwillhiteReally liked the plateau on top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2011


Took the west side Cottonwood Wash route with JMH. Fun trip, the upper ponderosa pine forest was nice. There is a horse trail up there along the east-west summit ridge. The area where the benchmark is shown on the map looked highest to me. It has the best views of the cliffs. We placed a register to the NE where LOJ shows the top. There we found a coke can with baggy from Andy Martins climb in Aug 2010. Altimiter claims it is higher. http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/split_mountain/dinosaur_national_monument_110.htm
Posted May 29, 2011 2:09 am

PropsBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 16, 2010


What a beautiful view from the top, not to mention throughout the hike. I took a route up the north slope running almost due north and south from the peak to our parking area. Loved the hike!
Posted May 16, 2010 9:21 pm

byatesWhat a view!  Sucess!


Just wandered up the ridge from the Northwest fun route finding, great solitude.
Posted Mar 26, 2009 11:15 am

KadeeFire  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008


The majority of the hike was in fire burned terrain. It is a weird feeling to be surrounded by scorched trees and brush all around you. Summit was great. Camped at the Green River CG, very nice campground. There was only one other person at the campground.
Posted Nov 18, 2008 4:52 pm

SagebrushRoute Climbed: Horse Trail Canyon Date Climbed: June 2000
I climbed Horse Trail Draw up to the saddle on the north half of Split Mountain. It was a bit of a scramble in some spots...especially near the park boundary.

The saddle itself was spectacular. It is undoubtedly a former side canyon carved long ago by a stream which eventually diverted around the mountain, since I found ancient stream deposits in the base of the saddle. It would be interesting to know the age of the deposit.

To get to the Horse Trail Draw, go on the road to Rainbow Park and look for the big notch (which is the saddle) in the mountain. Park next to the road and travel cross country until you reach the draw that leads up to the saddle. For directions to the Rainbow Park road, ask at a park visitor center.

Here is the topozone web address for a map of the area:

Posted Dec 6, 2005 4:41 pm

ScottRoute Climbed: Desert Voices Route, several explorations all over the mountain. Date Climbed: Summit: 1992 and October 2003  Sucess!


Explored around several times, including in 1991, 1992, and more recently 2002 and 2003. I have been all over this mountain, but most of the time, the intent was just not to climb the mountain, though I have summitted twice, once in 1992 and once in 2003. On April 3, 2005, I spent part of the day on the lower slopes photographing the route and mountain with a digital camera.

Posted Dec 22, 2004 3:42 pm

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