Ascent of Cherry Creek Benchmark on 2012-06-18
|Others in Party:||Dean Molen|
|Date:||Monday, June 18, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Peak:||Cherry Creek Benchmark|
| Elevation:||10522 ft / 3207 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe used "Castlereagh's" trip report on summitpost at http://www.summitpost.org/cherry-creek-benchmark/790155. We camped at the only flattish spot near spot elevation 2018 meters. The parking area on the left was marked with an orange flag at almost exactly 1.0 miles past the old gate; if you continue past the parking you'll find the large rock blocking the road just around the corner.
The hike is straightforward - follow the road until it fades and climbs left, then go through brush to the first (unmapped) cabin ruin at just below 2400 meters, then the narrow canyon section to the mapped ruin. From here the canyon bottom is trail-like for a while, then you get into a section of dead fall, and finally the last 600 feet of gain to the saddle is steep and fairly open. The ridge walk to the summit is easy open woods from the saddle. The register is in a cairn just beyond the surveying tripod that stands over the bench mark.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2962 ft / 903 m|
| Route:||Exchequer Canyon, northwest ridge|
| Trailhead:||Exchequer Canyon road blockage 7560 ft / 2304 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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