Ascent of Marble Benchmark on 1997-04-27

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, April 27, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Marble Benchmark
    Elevation:7559 ft / 2303 m

Ascent Trip Report

Probably named by a survey crew because marble is present in this range.

This remote area of Death Valley National park is open year round, however the road in Dedeckera Canyon could be impassable after storms. Winter months from November to April are suitable for travel with a cautious eye for storms.

This benchmark is in about the middle of the Last Chance Range in a remote area of Death Valley National Park. The shortest driving route for the west side approach is from Big Pine. It has been climbed from Ubehebe Crater area, but this is a 15 mile round-trip hike. From the north edge of Big Pine on route 395 take highway 168 east. After 2.3 miles turn right (SE) onto Death Valley Road. Follow this paved road and at 15.6 miles continue straight at the signed junction for Waucoba-Saline Road. Continue on this road which is unpaved after about another 15 miles when it reaches Eureka Valley. At 39.0 miles from Big Pine turn right (south) at a signed junction toward the Eureka Dunes visible in the distance. Reset your odometer and after 9.3 miles on this washboard road turn left at a junction at the north side of the dunes. The road curves south on the east side of the dunes and then climbs up into Dedeckera Canyon. There is a squeeze and at least two ledges where low-range 4wd will be needed before exiting the upper end of the canyon. After 18.5 miles park along the road near UTM: 444110E, 4097700N (NAD27). Marble BM is 3.6 miles from here on a bearing of 91 degrees. The hike takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours with a gain of 2900 ft. and a hiking distance of about 4 miles. If you are continuing south on this road it is 27.5 miles to the Upper Warm Springs from this spot. 4/97 RLC
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