Ascent of Tholen Benchmark on 2012-04-29

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tholen Benchmark
    Elevation:8276 ft / 2522 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Dennis Poulin's trip report from this site. Thanks, Dennis!

My mileages differed a little:

- 2.6 miles from I-80 to Willow Creek Road
- Left fork at 14.2
- Right fork at 14.5
- Parked at 15.3; there is a wide spot in the road just short of the switchback

I'd add that the Willow Creek Road looks to be subject to mud issues after it gets into the canyon, and I'd wait for it to dry out before attempting this.

In dry conditions a passenger car should be able to get to the fork at 14.2 but only expert drivers will get one much further in the conditions I experienced.

The hiking route is trivial; see the GPS track.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1946 ft / 593 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1946 ft / 592 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1726 ft / 526 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1446 ft / 441 m; Extra: 280 ft / 85m
    Loss on way in:280 ft / 85 m
    Route:via 7991 and NNE ridge
    Start Trailhead:6830 ft / 2081 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1666 ft / 507 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1446 ft / 441 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Gain on way out:220 ft / 67 m
    Route:via 7991 and NNE ridge
    End Trailhead:6830 ft / 2081 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Tholen

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 79912012-04-29 a 
2Tholen Benchmark2012-04-29 b1946 ft / 593 m
Total Trip Gain: 1946 ft / 593 m    Total Trip Loss: 1946 ft / 593 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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