Ascent of Peak Benchmark on 2018-02-25

Climber: Michael Sullivan

Others in Party:Shelly Britton
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak Benchmark
    Elevation:1645 ft / 501 m

Ascent Trip Report

Distance: 12.5 miles
Elevation gain/loss: 2974 ft / 2980 ft
Moving time: 4:40
Moving speed: 2.7 mph

Entered main gate of Caspers Wilderness and paid day use fee. Drove out and over to Hot Springs Canyon Rd and parked at Forest Station in 2 small spaces and displayed Adventure Pass. We did short walk down the road and climbed over gate 14 into Caspers Wilderness. After a short ways in we discovered the hidden hot springs which were hot and flowing strong. We then continued on San Juan Creek trail, then up the canyon on Cold Springs trail then along the ridge on Oso trail. From here we crossed into Starr Ranch Sanctuary at an unsigned rusted gate. This was the only section that was just slightly overgrown and where we picked up our ticks for the day. Shelly won the tick contest 6-3. Getting closer to the bottom of Crow Canyon we could see where they had been removing the invasive artichoke thistle from the trail.
After crossing the creek we hiked all the way up to the benchmark summit. We found all three benchmarks, ate lunch and enjoyed the views. On our return after crossing back into Caspers Wilderness we saw an interesting nearby peak so we went up towards it. The trail did not go to the top so we bushwacked our way up and to my surprise I found a benchmark! And both reference marks were intact too.
It was called Peak BM dated 1938. Great hike overall, didn't see anyone all day though stealth is required.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: View Rancho BM Peak BM

Complete Trip Sequence:
1View Rancho SM Benchmark2018-02-25 a 
2Peak Benchmark2018-02-25 b 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Michael Sullivan
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