Ascent of Fiske Benchmark on 2004-03-28

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 28, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Fiske Benchmark
    Elevation:2868 ft / 874 m

Ascent Trip Report

The hike to Fiske Benchmark starts at the Blue Ridge TH (700') just beyond a locked gate after crossing Cache Creek from the Lower Campground of the Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park, about 9 miles south of the CA 16/CA 20 junction. A well maintained trail leads to the top of Blue Ridge in 3 miles and in another 1 mile tops out at Fiske Benchmark. Progress along the trail is measured by elevation stakes at 1,000', 1,500'. 2,000', 2,500'. The summit is marked by a 1941 USGS BM inscribed "Fiske." Despite some haze, good views of Cache Creek, the Capay Valley, Sutter Buttes, Mt. St. Helena, Cobb Mountain, Mt. Konocti, Hull Mountain, Anthony Peak, Snow Mountain, and the snow covered Yolla Bollas. A very enjoyable hike of a lesser known peak--about 8 miles RT and 2,100' elevation gain.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Some haze, but bright, sunny, light breeze

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