Ascent of Buckskin Benchmark on 1996-01-20

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, January 20, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buckskin Benchmark
    Elevation:3927 ft / 1196 m

Ascent Trip Report

The mountain is in the Rawhide Mountains Wilderness and is open for hiking. No permits are needed. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Havasu Resource Office. Phone: (602) 855-8017.

The mountain can be reached from the small town of Wenden on highway 60 where you turn north on the paved Alamo Dam Road. The markers along this road are kilometers, not miles. At km 15 you will crest out at Cunningham Pass and then start to descend into Butler Valley. Just past the km 20 marker turn left onto a good dirt road that follows a buried gas pipeline. Reset your odometer here. At 5.6 miles pass by a gas pipeline station on your left. Then at 9.4 miles turn right onto a poor dirt road heading toward the mountain. UTM at this turn is: 257510E, 3778070N (NAD27). This road goes in for 1.9 miles to an old mining area and 4WD may be required. Stop near a concrete slab where there is room to turn around. UTM here is: 258800E, 3780640N. The summit is visible from here on a bearing of 52 degrees. Start the hike heading east over a low saddle then north up a wash about 1/3 of a mile where you want to turn NE toward the SW ridgeline of the mountain. Follow the ridge and look for a lone saguaro at the bottom left side of a smooth rock face. Go left between the cactus and the face and then go right, ascending a loose system of rocky ledges up to the top. An alternative to this route is to contour around to the right of the rock face until the cliffs end on the SE side. It is a much easier climb up the slopes to the ridge top on this side. Once on top of the ridge it is an easy walk north to the high point. The route is 3 1/2 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 1850 ft. Allow 2 hours for the ascent and about 1 1/4 hours to return. 1/96 RLC
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