Ascent of Tholen Benchmark on 2010-04-10

Climber: Brad Boester

Date:Saturday, April 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tholen Benchmark
    Elevation:8276 ft / 2522 m

Ascent Trip Report

Directions: Interstate-80 exit 149(Mill City), head south on Nevada Hwy 400 for about 2.6 miles. Just south of mile marker 14 take a left(east) on Willow Creek road (unsigned) and follow this maintained dirt/gravel 2wd road for 9.3 miles (you will cross two cattle guards) to a small corral and park. Leave the road and start cross country SSW up the sagebrush/juniper slopes to the ridgeline around 7000ft, you may have to cross a couple fenclines. Stay on the ridgeline and head south towards point 7991, climbing this point will add about 400ft gain. It is easier to sidehill around this point to the west and head for the ridge that takes you to the summit about 1.25miles away. You will encounter some minor class II on the final ridge but most of the route is class I. Use caution if ridge is snow covered.
There are other options from Willow Creek Rd, topo maps will help determine your route. Summit register is a small glass jar.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3871 ft / 1179 m
    Elevation Loss:3871 ft / 1179 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.8 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3496 ft / 1065 m
    Extra Loss:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.3 km
    Route:Northeast slopes/North ridge
    Trailhead:Willow Creek Road  5030 ft / 1533 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3621 ft / 1103 m
    Extra Gain:375 ft / 114 m
    Distance:7.7 mi / 12.5 km
    Route:Northeast slopes/North ridge
    Trailhead:Willow Creek Road  5030 ft / 1533 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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