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Ascent of Noon Benchmark on 1996-03-31

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, March 31, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Noon Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4239 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

The benchmark appears to be named for the now abandoned Noonday Mine located in section 14.

The benchmark and much of the surrounding area is in the BLM South Nopah Range Wilderness Area. Travel is restricted to non-motorized means. There is a BLM information center in Baker just east of the large thermometer which can provide information.

To reach Noon BM travel north of Baker on highway 127 for about 48 miles to the Old Spanish Trail Highway junction and turn right (east) toward the small town of Tecopa. Drive through the town and after 5.4 miles (1.5 miles from the main intersection in Tecopa) turn right on Furnace Creek Road. Head SE on this good paved road for 6.7 miles to some abandonded buildings on your left at Upper Noonday Camp. Reset your odometer here as you turn left past the remains of the buildings. The road is fair to good dirt and a high-clearance vehicle is advised. Go north toward the Noonday Mines, now abandoned, and at 1.1 miles make a jog left then right at some mine tailings. At 1.65 miles go left at a junction with a wrecked building and continue to a turnaround next to a wrecked car body at 1.8 miles. The peak with Noon BM is visible to the northeast and is just over one mile away. From here head directly toward the peak crossing a wash and take the middle spur between two drainages. Climb up this ridge then follow it NE to a saddle and drop down left about 20 ft. into a drainage. Follow this drainage a short distance and then ascend the ridge that goes directly up to the summit. The hike is about 1.2 miles with a gain of 1350 ft. and should take about 1 hour to the top. 3/96 RLC
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