Ascent of Saddle Benchmark on 2012-11-19

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddle Benchmark
    Elevation:8446 ft / 2574 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Saddle BM from the west on Hwy 305. About 1.5 miles north of the rest area, I turned east on a dirt road that took me to the west side canyon of Saddle BM. The road going into the canyon didn't look any worse than the road I came up so I continued into the canyon. At a fork in the road I took the less travelled road up to the left. In about .5 mile I passed an old abondoned CAT on the left side of the road. I continued on but soon my truck got nervous. The road was on an ascending traverse of a steep slope and there were large rocks along the roadway which narrowed the roadbed considerably. In about .5 mile from the CAT I found a place to do a nifty 17 point turnaround and retreated back to the CAT.

I car camped at the CAT and in the morning I hiked up the road. A full size truck may not be able to get safely around a boulder between the switchbacks. I followed the road up to a saddle at about 7,100 ft. At the saddle I left the road and hiked directly up the steep west slope of Saddle BM. This is a sage brush covered slope with streaks of talus. I found the talus was fairly stable and was easier climbing than weaving through the sage brush. When I climbed high enough that I could see the summit, I started travering to the right towards the summit. Great views from this seldom climbed summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2377 ft / 724 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Brad Boester Variation
    Trailhead:6069 ft / 1849 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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