Carbon County - Monument Peak

Scofield, Utah

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Step out of a car at Clear Creek. Sniff the air. Examine the black specks on the snow. That, alone, should reveal much about this area’s history. This is coal country. Clear Creek is three miles from the highest peak in Carbon County, Monument Peak (10,452 feet). Mine roads, gas lines and railroad tracks crisscross the land. Steel machinery and old buildings appear at every turn. But coal isn’t the only thing extracted from the earth around here. A few miles away in Huntington Canyon, a construction worker discovered a Columbian mammoth in 1990. The 10,600-year-old skeleton was found in an ancient bog, among spearheads made by paleo-Indians. Fremont Indian camp sites nearby show that while hunting elk, deer and mountain sheep, coal was used.
Hiking Utah's Summits

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Hiking Utah's Summits

by Tom Wharton & Paula Huff (Falcon Guides)

Step out of a car at Clear Creek. Sniff the air. Examine the black specks on the snow. That, alone, should reveal much about this area’s history. This is coal country. Clear Creek is three miles from the highest peak in Carbon County, Monument Peak (10,452 feet). Mine roads, gas lines and railroad tracks crisscross the land. Steel machinery and old buildings appear at every turn. But coal isn’t the only thing extracted from the earth around here.

A few miles away in Huntington Canyon, a construction worker discovered a Columbian mammoth in 1990. The 10,600-year-old skeleton was found in an ancient bog, among spearheads made by paleo-Indians. Fremont Indian camp sites nearby show that while hunting elk, deer and mountain sheep, coal was used.

©  Tom Wharton & Paula Huff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Scofield
Distance: 0.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Manti - La Sal National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Scofield, Candland Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Carbon County - Monument Peak

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