Ascent of Providence Benchmark on 2011-03-06

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Sunday, March 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Providence Benchmark
    Elevation:6611 ft / 2015 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Providence BM from Essex Road off of I-40. Drive south about 8 miles to where the signed road goes to Black Canyon. Zero your odometer and continue another 0.3 miles toward Mitchell Canverns and then turn left on a dirt road by the transmission power lines and take the left fork away from the power lines. At 0.6 go straight, at 1.6 stay straight, and at 5.3 miles come to a 4Way junction. Turn right and at 5.7 pass a corral on your right, at 6.4 take the right fork, at 6.6 pass another old corral, and at 8.1 park near a wash where the road ends, elevation 3,593.

I hiked westward up the wash. In a couple hundred yards I noticed an old rusty pipe parallelling the wash, so I got out of the wash and followed the pipe for about .5 mile to the mouth of the large canyon that heads west up towards the summit. I did't waste time looking for a specific route through this lower valley, I just tried to stay away from thorny stuff and on top of some of the shoulders on the various washes. I found an old road that I dollowed for a short distance. There was running water in the bottom of the main wash. I found the area where the "old railroad grade" is located and continued up the drainage until I saw a slope off to my left that looked like I could climb to the west ridge of Providence. I topped the ridge at about 5,000 ft and then followed it to the summit. There was some route finding involved to get over or around some of the rock outcroppings. I found nothing more difficult than Class 2. Class 3 stuff is there if you want to scramble some. The biggest challenge was to keep from getting stuck by cactii. Great views.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3140 ft / 957 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.4 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:3471 ft / 1057 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
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