Ascent of Hyko Benchmark on 2012-04-22

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Joel Brewster
Anji Cerney
Collin Kamholz
Jerry Thomas
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hyko Benchmark
    Elevation:7950 ft / 2423 m

Ascent Trip Report

To start with, the approach dirt road is one of the best I've ever been on. A passenger car could easily make it most of the way to where I parked. A couple notes about the road:
1. Just before a gate, there is a road going off to the right- take it because it goes over a cattle guard and then reconverges
2. At the place where the main road makes a hard right turn, go straight- there is another road that goes to the right in 100 yards or so that is much better

If one wants to drive further the road on the topo map still exists, but the turnoff to reach it is now about 100 yards further down the road.

As for the hike, once off the road, the hike is brutally steep, particularly if the weather is warm. Once at the ridge, the hike was much more enjoyable with some easy terrain followed by some class 2-3 big boulders. Great views from the summit in all directions.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1998 ft / 609 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:South ridge
    Trailhead:Old road junction  5952 ft / 1814 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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