Ascent of Cherry Creek Benchmark on 2015-06-14

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cherry Creek Benchmark
    Elevation:10522 ft / 3207 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a couple of challenging drives, I really appreciated the mild drive to this trailhead. I have a couple of minor updates from past reports.

1. There were a couple of areas up the canyon that looked better for camping that the recommended one at the base (2018m).
2. We did not see the lower ruins mentioned in earlier reports
3. The upper ruin (the one on the topo map) is there, but is easy to miss if you are hiking up the right (east) side of the canyon.
4. The bushwhacking area was thankfully fairly short.
5. The "dead-fall" area was not bad - there was plenty of dead wood, but mostly branches that could be easily walked on as opposed to trees one had to hurdle over.
6. The wash now goes clearly all the way to the pass

If you leave early enough (we left around 6am), there are only small sections of the ascent where you are in direct sunlight (it gets warm quickly).

Note: do not look too closely at the GPS track- the canyon is tight enough that the GPS was approximate
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2976 ft / 907 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Enchequer Canyon
    Trailhead:Road @ 2300m  7546 ft / 2300 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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