Ascent of Eccentric Benchmark on 2018-09-11

Climber: Ken Oeser

Date:Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eccentric Benchmark
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starting at the Spirit Lake trailhead parking lot, I followed Trail 17 east 7000 feet to a large, open meadow on the right (southeast), and left the trail and crossed the meadow to the ridge heading south to Dagget Peak. There are a few faint trails following the ridge, so I followed these at times, and open areas up the ridge at others, staying close to the east side of the ridge, overlooking Daggett Lake. Once clearing tree line, I followed grassy patches along the highest ground until they ended at the steep slope of Daggett Peak, where I worked my way up the boulders to the shoulder, then it is an easy stroll to the large cairn at the summit. From here the route drops southeast to a saddle, then east about a mile to the summit and Eccentric BM. I stayed south of the ridge, following grassy patches as far as possible through the rocks, working my way up slowly to a shoulder until I could see the distant wind shelter of stacked rocks. My GPS kept me pretty much on track. It then became easier, with more grass up to the summit as the grade lessened. At the summit is a wind shelter, Benchmark Eccentric, and a register. I returned the same way, gaining 200 feet from the saddle back to the Daggett Peak summit, then down the ridge to the same field back to the trail. It would be shorter to cut straight through the woods from the parking lot to Daggett Peak, and back, but I preferred having an open route and use of the good trail for my journey.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2476 ft / 753 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Trail 17, Dagget Peak ridge
    Trailhead:Spirit Lake  10200 ft / 3108 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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