Ascent of Independence Benchmark on 2019-06-23

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Independence Benchmark
    Elevation:8314 ft / 2534 m

Ascent Trip Report

although i was skeptical at first, starting low it was warm, and a boring road hike.but as i got up above 7500' the wildflowers were awesome. from the summit my view was a gorgeous meadow, with hole-in-the-mountain providing an excellent snow-capped backdrop. i'm not sure i could have timed this better: it's so easy to forget how green nevada can be for a few weeks each year. this made my weekend.

at other times of the year i worry that the drive in could be a fire hazard: grass is growing tall in the middle of the two-track, and it would be difficult to avoid touching it with your hot exhaust. it was still a bit green at the lower elevations, but definitely drying up already.

when the other trip reports say the road is bad, they really mean it. i really don't recommend driving much further than where the "faint trail" starts... it's OHV territory after that. even a narrow vehicle is going to have difficulty now, there is some serious damage to the road. i made it slightly further than the point marked "my trailhead"... but i was barely able to turn around and get back to where i ended up parking for the hike. the road is pretty ugly past this spot. on the other hand, it's a gentle grade, and if you're a mountain biker it would probably be fine.

i followed a mixture of ken jones and sam grant's track.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1949 ft / 593 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1949 ft / 593 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1882 ft / 573 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1815 ft / 554 m; Extra: 67 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:67 ft / 20 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Start Trailhead:6499 ft / 1980 m
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1882 ft / 573 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1815 ft / 554 m; Extra: 67 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:67 ft / 20 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    End Trailhead:6499 ft / 1980 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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