Ascent of Benign Peak on 2017-07-13
|Date:||Thursday, July 13, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7235 ft / 2205 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBiked out 12 miles from the Eklutna trail to the sign marking Serenity falls. There we ditched the bikes and went into the woods on the right,bushwacking about a half mile to the base of the mountain. We followed a big scree gully that up to 1800' then took the smaller alder tunnel on climbers left that led up another 1000ft. The crux of the route is at the top of the gully as it steepens and narrows for about 200' of 4th class climbing, however there are great handholds and we didn't have any trouble going up or down without a rope. From the top of the gully we dropped 300' down a 3rd class gully to cross Serenity falls (which depending on time of year is the last place to fill up on water) then 1000' up the valley to hit the ridge on the left and begin the traverse to the base of Benign. The traverse was longer then expected (about 1.5 miles) and we almost started up the first big scree gully we came to, however once we got in the middle it became obvious it wasn't what we were looking for. The correct gully was bigger and is further south. Its nothing technical, just another 3000' of slogging to the top. Followed the same route back. Long day but the views were definitely worth it.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||8035 ft / 2449 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2000 ft / 609 m|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb|
| Gear Used:||Bicycle, Ice Axe, Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||8035 ft / 2449 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 6035 ft / 1840 m; Extra: 2000 ft / 609m|
| Loss on way in:||2000 ft / 609 m|
| Distance:||8 mi / 12.9 km|
| Start Trailhead:||1200 ft / 365 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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