Ascent of Hyko Benchmark on 2017-03-19

Climber: Garrett Carlson

Date:Sunday, March 19, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hyko Benchmark
    Elevation:7950 ft / 2423 m

Ascent Trip Report

My approach for this mountain was from the west via Sixmile Flat, as I had been making my way down highway 318. At Cold Springs where 318 merges back into highway 93, I turned east up 93. I turned right onto the sandy road heading up Sixmile Flat shortly after 93 straightened out after curving its way through some hills.

I parked at the water tank about a mile from the road's end, as the road beyond that point looked rocky and narrow. Soon, however, I found that the road was easily driveable for my Subaru another mile to its end. From the road's end I made my way up the ridge north of the main canyon coming down from the high ground to the spot elevation at 7,315 feet.

From here it was an enjoyable walk and then scramble across the large flat area of rocks and grass to the summit. Gaining the ill-defined west-northwest ridge makes for the most efficient way up after you cross the flats, otherwise you'll be awkwardly picking your way through the maze of boulders and stunted trees farther south.
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The top (center right) from the 7,315 spot elevation to the west (2017-03-19). Photo by Garrett Carlson.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3180 ft / 969 m
    Total Elevation Loss:390 ft / 118 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3180 ft / 969 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2790 ft / 851 m; Extra: 390 ft / 118m
    Loss on way in:390 ft / 118 m
    Route:West Side
    Start Trailhead:5160 ft / 1572 m
Descent Statistics

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