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Ascent of Kilbeck Benchmark on 1996-10-14

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, October 14, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kilbeck Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3753 ft / 1143 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named for the Kilbeck Hills which lie southwest of the Old Woman Mountains across the railroad line.

Kilbeck BM is at the southern end of the Old Woman Mountains. The benchmark is in a BLM Wilderness Area and is open to non-motorized travel. There are numerous private inholdings in this wilderness so consult the BLM map of this area to determine which sections are public land.

This benchmark is best reached from the south from highway 62. Take 62 about 7.3 miles east of its junction with highway 177 (Desert Center-Rice Road) to Iron Mountain Road where you turn north on this good paved road. Just before the pump station bear right onto a graded dirt road heading north. The road goes through a pass and then descends and crosses Danby Dry Lake following power lines. At 12.5 miles from route 62 cross railroad tracks, reset your odometer, and continue straight ahead for 5.6 miles to a faint road on your left by power pole 119W2. Turn left (west) here on this road which is a "cherry stem" into the wilderness This road is not shown on the Milligan map. A 4WD vehicle is advised because of some sandy spots. After 4.35 miles, park where a road branches left into a wash. UTM here is: 670210E, 3803890N (NAD27). The benchmark is on the pinnacle to the right of the highest point on a bearing of 253 degrees. Start the hike up this road into the canyon with its mostly sandy bottom. Turn left at the first fork in the canyon at UTM: 668440E, 3803560N. Then after a short distance turn left at another fork marked by ducks at UTM: 667850E, 3803520N. In a few hundred feet you will reach the spring shown on the topo map with two large water tanks. Continue to the right up over smooth rock and then left (south) up the canyon and then SW up the ridge and follow the ridge top to point 1062m shown on the map. The summit with its large cairn will come into view. The hike requires about 2 hours to the summit. 10/96 RLC
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