Ascent of Bennett Mountain on 2017-01-29

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bennett Mountain
    Elevation:1887 ft / 575 m

Ascent Trip Report

andrew claimed his track was the best way to bag bennett... naturally i couldn't let that claim stand without some analysis. i loaded his track up in caltopo and studied the OSM trails (via the MapBuilder Topo map), and two things stood out: there appears to be an entrance off woodview drive, with streetview coverage to the trailhead, which intersects with the knee in canyon trail at the park boundary; and there appeared to be a shorter/steeper climb from the intersection of marsh and canyon trail.

so i drove to the woodview drive entrance, and on the way saw a "no park access" sign. when i got to the entrance it's signed "private property / no trespassing" (streetview has the sign blurred out). it's certainly a way into the park, and there is street parking, but i'm guessing the homeowners association wants to keep it private. i decided the extra 2mi wasn't going to hurt, since i was probably going to slack after this one peak today. i drove over to the same carissa ave entrance which andrew used.

as a park enjoyed by many folks for running and mountain biking the trails are a gentle 8% grade, and i really wanted more of a workout. fortunately the use trail starting at marsh/canyon trail intersection gave me what i wanted: a nice 20% grade for 3/4s of a mile, then a brief flat section at hill 1527 before the final 30% grade to the summit. when i got to hill 1527 i started to see horse footprints. someone had been up there on a horse since the rain: the most remarkable thing was how much this horse was slipping, especially on the steep summit road. i saw several meter-long slips in the mud. i wonder what the horse thought of that, i can't imagine it was fun. the mud was dried enough for me that i had no traction issues.

on the way down, when i got back to the knee in canyon trail at the park boundary i took a use trail i had spotted earlier. it went up and over hill 609, behind various houses, providing access to the residents. this trail ended by some water tanks i had spotted earlier. i enjoyed this segment more than canyon trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1730 ft / 526 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1730 ft / 526 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1630 ft / 496 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1530 ft / 467 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Start Trailhead:357 ft / 108 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1630 ft / 496 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1530 ft / 467 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    End Trailhead:357 ft / 108 m
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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