Ascent of San Benchmark on 2000-11-24

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, November 24, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Benchmark
    Elevation:1794 ft / 546 m

Ascent Trip Report

The high point of the Bryan Mountains is one of the most remote spots in Arizona and a rewarding hike. The summit can be reached by starting from the north side near Monreal Well. The long drive in starts from I-8 at Tacna. On the south side of the interstate turn east on the dirt frontage road right at the exit. Drive east for 6.1 miles to a junction and sign marking the Barry M. Goldwater Range boundary. Turn right and drive south for 17.8 miles along the Mohawk Sand Dunes to junction F3. Turn left (east) at F3 and drive 5.0 miles and then turn right at junction G3 and go south for 3.8 miles to G4 where you should curve left and head east. From G4 drive 6.1 miles through the Mohawk Mountains to the east side. Look for a track on the right side that may be hard to see. Drive this fair road south to Monreal Well. After 5.0 miles you will see a Cabeza Prieta Refuge boundary sign. Continue another 3.0 miles to the well. There is good camping at the start of the hike another half mile further south. UTM here is: 272970E, 3583980N. Hike southeast around a small hill and then continue south along the east side of the range. Go through a gap west of the small peak of 1082 feet. Turn southwest around point 1048 ft and climb to a saddle at UTM 275900E, 3577800N. From here go west around two ridges and then turn southeast climbing up to a saddle at 1500 feet. The route is close to 12 miles round-trip. The ascent takes about 3 1/2 hours and the gain is about 1100 feet. 11/00 RLC
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