Distance: 5.5 miles
Level: Moderately easy
Elevation gain: 1000 feet
Dog Friendly: Yes
The trail head is at the Desert View Picnic Site. Look for the trail head signs. You will actually walk along the Pacific Crest Trail for a moment! There will be a point during your hike where you pass a paved road. You can either walk up it and get to the peak quicker or walk across it and continue on the dirt path. We chose to continue on the dirt path.
The hike will lead you along some fire-damaged areas. Not the most gorgeous hike of them all but the reward is at the top anyway!
And here we are! Monument peak has radio towers at the top, just an FYI. We visited the peak next to it (5 minute walking distance between the two) during the day then drove back later at night along the paved road to photograph from the true Monument Peak.
The sunset was magnificent!!