Ascent of Elba Benchmark on 2011-08-09
|Date:||Tuesday, August 9, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8046 ft / 2452 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Elba Pk from the east. From the town of Malta and the intersection of Hwy 81 and Hwy 77, zero your odometer and go south on Hwy 81. At mile 6.1 turn right on the road signed for Kane Springs. At 9.6 take the right fork, at 10.2 go straight, at 10.4 take the right fork, at 11.7 take the left fork. At this point the road is kind of committing with no place to turn around on a narrow brushy road for a couple miles. I kept driving and stopped at a gate at 13.4 miles. I should have gone through the gate and drove another .25 mile where I could turn around. Actually after the hike I did drive further on to turn around instead of backing all the way back out.
I hiked from the gate up the road to the spring. Don't drink this water. I saw the carcasses of at least 3 dead cows in the creek or near the springs. I continued up the drainage to where it forks. I wasn't paying much attention, so I went right up what appeared to be the easier route. It is easier and eventually gets to the ridge, but it is way off from the high point. I had to traverse a ways through some brush to get over to the high point.
Going left at the fork is a better option because it leads to a slope that goes right up to the high point. I came down that way. There are some rocky outcroppings near the summit ridge that are easily avoided. Great views from the summit. I wandered over to a point south form the benchmark that appeared to be as high as the benchmark. I also tagged a couple rocky points north of the high point that are about the same elevation.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1635 ft / 498 m|
| Distance:||3.4 mi / 5.4 km|
| Route:||Kane Canyon|
| Trailhead:||6411 ft / 1954 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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