Ascent of Mint Benchmark on 2016-04-16

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Saturday, April 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mint Benchmark
    Elevation:5184 ft / 1580 m

Ascent Trip Report

Scheduled hike with Wayne Vollaire as co-leader. Joining us was Michael Albanese, Mike Johnston, Winnette Butler, Stella Cheung, John Libby and Marlen Mertz. We were doing Rt. 2 of the three published routes for this HPS peak. We followed the peak guide directions, 14 to Palmdale Blvd. exit, turned left (west), about 9 miles to Bouquet Canyon Rd, turned left (west), drove about 4 miles to Lincoln Crest. There was a Angeles National Forest sign on the right and a dirt road on the left. There was ample space for our two vehicles.
We started up the road, passing a gate to a folk. At this fork we went left. We hiked about a mile to another fork under some power lines. Again, we went left. In about 5 minutes, a trail came in from the right. We followed this trail about a mile to a dirt road. We turned right (south), hiked about ¼ mile to the fire road on the ridge. We turned left (east). We hiked about ¾ miles to the second bump which was the McDill Summit. The first bump is Mint. There is a rock on the summit that stands out and can be seen just pass Mint. We cross country the short distance to the summit. It was a very windy day and the peak is totally exposed so we didn’t stay long. We found a register on the summit.
After McDill we hiked back to the road and walked the short distance to the Mint BM summit. We found two directional BM, but could not find the BM for Mint. We returned the same way to the vehicles. Although a little windy, it was a pleasant hike with fantastic views.
8:35 am Depart.
10:40 am McDill Summit. 5187’
1:05 pm Car. 7 miles round trip, 1600’ gain, 4 hours, 30 minutes.
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