Ascent of Raven Benchmark on 1996-11-11

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, November 11, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Raven Benchmark
    Elevation:2696 ft / 821 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is in the Barry M. Goldwater Range and a permit is required for entry. Information on permits is at my site:

To reach the trailhead for Raven Benchmark, follow Interstate highway 8 east of Yuma and exit at Wellton which is exit #30 and go south on Ave. 29E for 2.7 miles to 14th St. and turn right (W). Continue on this good dirt road for 4.0 miles to Ave. 25E and then turn left. A sign here indicates the boundary of the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. Reset your odometer and take this good road south for 16.4 miles passing several junctions along the way. At this point there is a seldom-used road on your right which heads generally SW toward the south end of Raven Butte. UTM at this junction is: 774740E, 3590050N. Drive in on this 4WD road for 2.4 miles and turn left at a junction and go about another 0.3 miles and park. UTM here is: 771830E, 3587340N. The benchmark is only a mile away on top of the rugged ridge on a bearing of 201 degrees.
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