Ascent of Tholen Benchmark on 2014-06-08

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Dean Molen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Tholen Benchmark
    Elevation:8276 ft / 2522 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hike was much prettier than I was expecting- rolling green hills with many wildflowers. Even the rocks had colorful lichen. What should have been great views from the summit were muted to good views due to a fire somewhere (judging by the smell of smoke). Even nearby Star Peak, which was visible on the ascent was nearly invisible when we summitted.

When we stuck more to the ridge on the descent immediately down from the summit, we found it considerably easier that sidehilling around the rocks, and it only entailed negligible extra gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2256 ft / 687 m
    Extra Gain:520 ft / 158 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Over Peak 7991 (Gem Peak)
    Trailhead:Road @ 7060' (pass)  7060 ft / 2151 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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