Ascent of Cherry Creek Benchmark on 2012-06-18

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Dean Molen -- Trip Report or GPS Track
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 Report

We used "Castlereagh's" trip report on summitpost at 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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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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