Ascent of Harrison Mtn Benchmark on 2015-10-20

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Harrison Mtn Benchmark
    Elevation:4634 ft / 1412 m

Ascent Trip Report

Solo hike of these 2 Lower Peaks and one Peakbagger peak. This was my 4th time for this peak and by far the easiest. I took 330 to 2.2 miles past the City Creek Ranger Station. There is a turn out marked Manzanita Flat. It comes up quick so watch for it. The guide for this Lower Peak talks about a firebreak going northwest to bump 3867. From past experience and reading some trip reports, this firebreak has become brushed over. A better approach is to walk about1.2 miles down 1N09 to a point where the road makes a bend to the right, then to the left. Before the left turn, there was a faint use trail going south. Follow the use trail about 100 yards to a clearing and look to the right. You will see a well define trail that takes you up to a ridge going east-west up to bump 3867. It is a little steep just before 3867, but it is wide open. In fact, the whole trail is wide open all the way to the summit in many spots 3-4 feet wide. Somebody or some group has done a lot of work on this trail. I couldn’t figure out why until I got to the top. From 3867 continue to follow the trail to 4043 then down to a saddle then up to the ridge leading to the summit. It was this part that was extremely difficult in the past. The brush is over your head. From 4043 you can see the trail going up to going up to a rocky outcrop which is the start of the ridge to the summit. The trail turns left (southeast) and goes to the summit. The summit is a plateau with the register at the beginning of the plateau. There was a can, but to register. I added a register. Since I was going to do Peak 4634, I continued southeast and to my surprise found a brand new wood bench someone had installed at the top. Now I know why the trail work was done. The bench was just put in January of 2015. It had some outstanding views of San Bernardino and sounding area.
For 4634, I continued southeast on the ridge to the summit. I was surprised to find a pole with a US Flag. There was even a soaked register. There was no can for it, so I don’t think it will last too long. The pole was knocked down and flag was tattered. I reset the pole but I don’t know how long it will last.
I would like to that Mat Keillher for his description of the route. It was a lot of help.
For McKinley, I drove back down 330 to a paved turnout on the left about a 10th of a male past MM 32.29.. The route to McKinley actually starts at MM 32.29 and there was a dirt pullout at that point. I was afraid to park there as I might get a ticket. I parked at the paved turnout and walked a 10th of a mile on 330 to the start of the use trail to McKinley. Be very careful when walking on 330. It has a lot of traffic. When you start this route, you will see a ridge with an open firebreak going due west. This is the route. Don’t take the old jeep road on the left or the ridge on the right. There is not much to say about this route. It is easy to follow, it is just short and steep but footing was good. At the summit were a Triangle and a register. I did not find any benchmarks of any of the peaks I did today.
7:45 am Depart. 3335’
9:10 am Harrison Mountain. 4743’
9:50 am Peak 4634
11:35 am Car. 5.12 miles round trip, 2000’ gain, 3 hours, 50 minutes.
12:00 pm Depart. 2200’
1:30 pm McKinley Mountain. 3795’
3:00 pm Car. 3 miles round trip, 1708’ gain, 3 hours.
Total for the day: 8.12 miles round trip, 3708’ gain, 6 hours, 50 minutes.
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