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Ascent of Manza Benchmark on 2012-05-07

Climber: Don Raether

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Manza Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5556 ft / 1693 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Sunset Trail is a well graded smooth walk. Where to leave the trail for Manza BM is not marked or if it is I didn't see it. I descended 100-150 yards before I found what turned out to be the use trail. It's quite obvious through the dense brush. It's somewhat less obvious along an old fence line, but easy to follow up a steep slope to the ridge. A really great viewpoint!
I left the Sunset Trail about here. 32d52.208, 116d28.410.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:976 ft / 297 m
    Extra Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Sunset Trail & Bushwhack
    Trailhead:Sunset Trail TH on Sunrise Hwy  5480 ft / 1670 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 



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