Ascent of Love Benchmark on 2015-07-26

Climber: Michael Sullivan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Love Benchmark
    Elevation:4062 ft / 1238 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the hunters turnout by No Campfires sign on EGR. Tough cross country stealth hike with lots of deadfall, coulter pines, poison oak, thorny lilac, manzanita and foxtail. Stayed on the east side of the ridge since it looked less dense in the sat photos. Multiple descending false summits on the ridge where the bushwacking also increased. Found reference mark no. 2 first, then reference mark no. 1, but no Love for the station mark. Downed witness posts and wires still there where I found Terry Flood's register from 2005, no one had been there since. While searching a bigger perimeter for the station mark I found another register from 1998 placed by Mark Adrian and John Strauch, also no one else had signed since. Signed both and headed back up to the top of the ridge which seemed easier this way over all the false summits. Once I gained enough elevation I went West and then dropped down a steep grade and up another till I happily reached the remnants of an old dirt road I saw on the sat photos. This road was pretty overgrown but led right up to Pine Hills HP. Cross country down from there to another faded overgrown road, steered out of sight around 2 cabins, then back to the road, though it had not been driven on recently from my inspection so cabins were probably empty. Over the gate and onto EGR then .5 mile back to the car. Total of 5 miles / 1530 feet gain.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: Love BM Pine Hills HP

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Love Benchmark2015-07-26 a 
2Pine Hills High Point2015-07-26 b 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Michael Sullivan
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