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Ascent of Bald Benchmark on 2015-01-24

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bald Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4079 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dennis and I used the northern track of James Barlow's route.We parked just E of pt 825T and headed NW. In the small pass just NW of pt 2712 we found a desert tortoise shell. We found a very well established road just W of the mile boxes 17/18 northern junction. I suspect this road is legal based on its current condition and you might want to look for it off Amboy Road farther N than our turnoff at Naborly Road. We did not look for it. It may save time & mileage if legal. Barlow talked about a well used illegal road but I don't think this is it.
We looped N around knoll 3248 and then headed WSW across the dry Cleghorn Lake. There were many 20 caliber casings which we collected on the way back.
You can see the summit and the approach quite easily from E of the lake. We headed for a nice looking ridge just S of the summit which was class 2 and had no nasty loose scree. Once on the ridgeline we headed NW to the summit and found the benchmark. Views were good.
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The summit and final approach, as seen from the dry Clegorn Lakes North (2015-01-24). Photo by Dan Baxter.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2919 ft / 888 m
    Extra Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.7 mi / 18.8 km
    Route:Barlow North Route
    Trailhead:roads end east of pt 825T  2360 ft / 719 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1 & 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 5 Minutes



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