Took advantage of unseasonably cool weather to return, this time with my son. In the 3 years since my last summit, there have been 7 sign-ins in the register, including just 1 in 2017 and 1 in 2018 (we were 3rd to sign in 2019.)
This time we started from the Sounds of Silence TH, which probably shaved off a mile overall compared to the Desert Voices TH.
Only annoying thing about this route (from either TH) is the overabundant cheatgrass between the established trail and the slickrock slopes- bring gaiters. Also, there's a fair amount of poison ivy in the wash- don't even think about doing this one in shorts.
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.
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.
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.
Quick and easy route except for the 1/2" of snow over frozen mud. Beautiful area.
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
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!
Just wandered up the ridge from the Northwest fun route finding, great solitude.
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.
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:
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.