Ascent of Cottonwood Benchmark on 2017-12-04

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Monday, December 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cottonwood Benchmark
    Elevation:4372 ft / 1332 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a private hike with George Christiansen, Patricia Arredondo and Miriam Kamsis. These peaks are located in the south part of Joshua Tree National Park. We entered the park through the Cottonwood entrance. Just before the ranger station, we turned left onto the Pinkham Canyon Road. The first mile to the locked gate was graded and easy to drive. At the gate we turned left and drove 5.8 miles to a large turnout at a wash. This portion was a definite need for a high clearance vehicle. From the parked car, we hiked south following the wash to the base of Cottonwood. From there, we climbed up and over several bumps before reaching the summit. We found the BM and several pieces of pipe.
From Cottonwood, we hiked northeast the short distance to the summit. On the summit we found a register that dated back to 1978. The last entry was in 2010. The book referred to the summit as Cottonwood High Point.
8:00 am Depart. 3284’
10:25 am Cottonwood Benchmark Summit.
10:55 am Peak 4425 Summit
1:25 pm Car. 10 miles round trip, 1200’ gain, 5 hours, 25 minutes.
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