Ascent of Bald Benchmark on 2013-01-01

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Aidan Barlow
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Benchmark
    Elevation:4079 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

First hike of the year and we finished with headlamps after dark! Aidan loved this peak despite its difficulty. The best way up this one is probably not the route we took. We ascended by the more southerly track and descended by the more northerly one. The best approach to Cleghorn Lakes is the northern route that we descended. It's nearly flat and you can move very quickly over the terrain. However, to get from the lakes to the peak, our descend route was incredibly steep and loose. However, the ascent route we took was wonderful. Solid ground and gradual gain made the 1400 feet from the southern lake to the summit very easy and go quite quickly. I would actually recommend getting to the lakes from the south via Naborly Rd, which intersects Amboy Rd where Amboy runs due east-west just outside 29 Palms. From the lakes, our ascent route is great. Sadly, this outstanding and very seldom-visited wilderness area has been spoiled by illegal ATV use and the usual trash that follows the ATV crowd: beer cans, a broken TV, clay piegons, bullet shells, and tire tracks all over the desert. Luckily, most of the damage is confined to an area about 1.5 miles NW of my parking area on Mangels Rd. Only 1 jerk on a quad has made recent tracks on the amazingly beautiful Cleghorn Lakes dry lake beds. Of note on the GPS track, the track has a very small gap in it about 2 miles before the car on the return track. The batteries died, but I was on top of it and got new ones in pretty quickly to keep the track going. This is also at the spot where we crossed a well-used, illegal road. Pictures

12.0 miles
5h 57m moving time
1h 40m stopped (no wonder we finished after dark!)
2.0 mph moving avg
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2139 ft / 651 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2139 ft / 651 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1639 ft / 500 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Route:Eastern approach to SE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:2440 ft / 743 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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