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Ascent of Providence Benchmark on 2012-02-04

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Keith Christensen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Providence Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6611 ft / 2015 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following our success on Tiefort and obligatory victory dinner in Barstow, we were back on I-40 east, familiar territory from the previous weekend. Our next objective was Providence BM in Mojave Nat’l Preserve. We followed the Dennis Poulin and Daryn Dodge trip reports from this very website to approach and hike the peak from the east side from Essex Road. We started around 3,600 ft, about 2km due east of Warm Spring on the topo map. There is a wash here that stopped the van, but the road really ends here anyway, so there is no point in driving further. We aimed southwest towards the old railroad grade on the topo map, following it for a short distance until it gets on to the main east ridge of the peak that goes directly to the summit. We followed this ridge on its almost due-west course until it joins the north ridge. At this point the ridge cuts southwest to the summit. The summit register has a number of familiar DPS names in the register, some of which were up there scouting a provisional peak for the list it seems. After the usual lunch stop on top, we headed west to an interesting rock feature which hiker Eric Kassan named “Decaying Molar.” It was a fun block of rock to climb and enjoy the view of Granite & Silver Peaks to the west. Following our bonus bump, we headed north along the main ridge of the range to snag a second bonus bump and make a loop out of the hike, a peak identified as “6,043” on the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map. This bonus bump is just northwest of Warm Springs. From here, we followed the ridge first east then southeast, then east again back to the car. Providence was a great hike, taking the better part of the day to complete the full loop with bonus bumps. We made our way back out the dirt roads to Essex Road and headed home.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3011 ft / 918 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3011 ft / 918 m
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:3600 ft / 1097 m
Descent Statistics



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