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Ascent of Taunton Benchmark on 2018-12-29

Climber: Richard Perkins

Date:Saturday, December 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taunton Benchmark
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:1903 ft / 580 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the SR 24 highway bridge crossing of the Wahluke Branch Canal where an access road for the canal is about 3/4 of a mile west of Hart Rd. The gate was locked but there is space to walk through along the side. Another gate was open 150' east and I hiked across recently cleared fields to the summit. It looks like this recently burned area might be destined to be a vineyard or restored as sagebrush steppe at some point in the near future. No negative signage along the way. There is space for a couple of cars to park here without blocking the gate.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:978 ft / 298 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:978 ft / 298 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:south slope
    Start Trailhead:925 ft / 281 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km



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