We parked at the north end of Road 017 (N39.48293, W111.23191) This is beyond the fence and OHV gate that is the recommended starting point in some other trip reports. 2.9 rutted dirt miles beyond the Indian Creek Campground. Road 017 ends at that point and a trail, signed "East Mountain Trail 1 mile" begins. This is a gradual ascent, with one long switchback, to a spring - with derelict stock troughs - at the ridge. (N39.48762, W111.22168) According to my GPS, the distance to this point is 0.99 miles. The spring was flowing a couple of gallons per minute. Wildflowers in abundance were blooming along the trail.
Here the trail intersects with the East Mountain trail. We turned right at this junction and followed the trail about 1/6 mile to a junction with a faint trail on the right. (N39.48662, W111.21883) We followed this trail for a short distance until it emerged from the forest and then ascended to the south without any turns until it reached the ridge. This use trail is faint and difficult to follow, but the terrain is open from here to the summit and any ascending route is equivalent to any other. The trail turns left (east) at the ridge and leads near (but not to) the summit, visible as an outcrop about 0.4 miles distant.
The USGS topo map shows a trail to the ridge through the forest. This historic trail no longer exists, and the forest here is thick with blowdowns and brambles and other things to deter all but the most determined traveler.
longer than i thought
After first driving to Monument Peak, I then drove down to East Mountain to summit my 12th Utah county high point. There is now a small, raised cattle guard on the Indian Creek Road about a half mile further south than where the trail starts according to route descriptions, so I parked my truck and walk up the road. I then camped at Potter's Ponds.
I returned 14 years after my first time hiking this peak, this time doing the easy approach from the south. It was a pretty easy 4-hour walk with a side-trip to the Crandall Canyon Mine drilling area, below which six miners remain trapped inside the mine.
Luckily I did the hike before the Trail Mountain Fire got out of control because much of East Mountain is currently closed and the fire is burning its way toward the high point right now.
I hiked straight up the slope from the west side of the mountain. It was among my first few Utah county high points and it kicked my butt at the time. http://udink.org/2004/08/28/east-mountain/
Beautiful fall weather. Also did Seeley. Started at the TH at N39.48837 W111.24079 which is on the main Miller Flat Road #0014 and is easier to get to then the one via Indian Creek CG.
Fun hike. Thanks to all the good information on summit post and my expert guide I found the trail easily and avoided bush whacking. The Aspens were breath taking dressed in their golden attire.
For those of you coming from the North to bag this peak during summer months, I'd like to offer an alternative route to arriving at the trail-head. Take Highway 6 up Spanish Fork Canyon like normal, but hit Highway 89 to Fairview. Head east on UT 31 (SR 31) up the canyon for a very pretty drive. You will pass the Mammoth Discovery Site. When you pass the site will know you are getting close to Forest Road 0014. Forest Road 0014 is between Huntington and Cleveland reservoirs on your right (south). This road isn't paved, but it is maintained gravel. 0014 will lead you passed Miller Flat Reservoir and to Forest Road 0017, which will be on your left (east). It runs directly east across the little valley for maybe a quarter mile where it comes to a threeway stop. There is a sign for Indian Campground from here telling you to turn left (north) which will keep you on 0017. Don't make anymore turns and this will lead you directly to the trail head.
It took me about an hour to get to the top of the peak, and there was a meadow full of wildflowers that was probably the best thing ever. There's a nice outcropping of rock at the top that is great to sit on and make quadruple stuff oreos. abrennalinerush and I ran down most of the trail and it only took us about 20 minutes to make it down from where we decided to run (just below the summit meadow). I would definitely recommend this mountain.
The mountain was covered in wildflowers and snags. It was beautiful and kind of sad all at once. Fun trail to run down, too. The road to the trail head was super rutty after Indian Creek Campground, which my vehicle did not love. But still! She persevered.
I started this hike where the road ends 2.9 miles past the Indian Creek campground. On the way up I followed a nice trail that ultimately worked it's way to the top. On the way down I took a much more direct route which cut a little more than a mile off of my ascent distance, but the tradeoff was quite the bushwhack.
Drove the gorgious Skyline drive fro the first time with peak fall colors for the high country. Full horse skeleton on the way. On the boulders on the top I looked down and startled a fox. Was only ~5 feet away, but above as he darted away from me. Beautiful and agile creatures.
I hiked this after a summer monsoon weather pattern thunderstorm. The trail was extremely slick, but the raindrops didn't fall during my entire hike; however, I slipped and fell on a steep muddy stretch once on my way down. There was a cool breeze on top and lots of sheep along with two horseback riders and a sheep dog - not very sociable however.
Parked 1.4 miles from the end of the road. Lots of hunters all over the place. Lucky for me the sweater I brought was bright orange.
Great fall afternoon hike. Was sad to see the horrible conditions of the summit area due to over-sheeping.
Also did So. Tent earlier that morning.
Started this with three hours left in the 24 hours of a day. My climbing partner was super sick and we made it to the summit and back down to the car in three hours.
The trail was easy to find and awesome the entire way.
Worked cross-country straight up the slope from the end of the dirt road to the main ridge, then south along the ridge to the summit. On the way down, tried to head further north along the main ridge to find the remnants of a jeep trail that shows on topo maps. Did not find the jeep trail. Bushwhacked downhill, swinging to the west and then south again back to the car. Lots of low vegetation and downed trees in the forest.
Hiked this with my dad and brother. CoHP #1 for the two of them.
Hiked up East Mountain as the sun set as a side trip on my way home from the Buckhorn Wash in the San Rafael Swell.
Bushwhacked up from Crandall Canyon mine parking area, some parts of the bushwhack got a little thick but closer to the summit it was a really nice hike. I was unaware of the mine accident in 2007, a very nice memorial is set up for the fallen miners.
The road north of Indian Creek CG is open. I spoke to the forest service in Price and they informed me that they close the road early in the season to prevent further rutting. They usually open the road when it is dry. The road is severely rutted, but passable in a high clearance 4WD on the day I drove it. At the end of the road, there is a fence with a gate that can be opened. Once crossing the gate, follow the trail the entire way to the summit. Nice views to the west
Hiked with a friend I made through geocaching. Came across a nice group of deer. Trail from just North of Indian Creek Campground is not the best marked in places but easy enough to follow with GPS.