Ascent of Saddle Benchmark on 2012-11-19
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, November 19, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8446 ft / 2574 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Saddle BM from the west on Hwy 305. About 1.5 miles north of the rest area, I turned east on a dirt road that took me to the west side canyon of Saddle BM. The road going into the canyon didn't look any worse than the road I came up so I continued into the canyon. At a fork in the road I took the less travelled road up to the left. In about .5 mile I passed an old abondoned CAT on the left side of the road. I continued on but soon my truck got nervous. The road was on an ascending traverse of a steep slope and there were large rocks along the roadway which narrowed the roadbed considerably. In about .5 mile from the CAT I found a place to do a nifty 17 point turnaround and retreated back to the CAT.
I car camped at the CAT and in the morning I hiked up the road. A full size truck may not be able to get safely around a boulder between the switchbacks. I followed the road up to a saddle at about 7,100 ft. At the saddle I left the road and hiked directly up the steep west slope of Saddle BM. This is a sage brush covered slope with streaks of talus. I found the talus was fairly stable and was easier climbing than weaving through the sage brush. When I climbed high enough that I could see the summit, I started travering to the right towards the summit. Great views from this seldom climbed summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2377 ft / 725 m|
| Distance:||4.3 mi / 6.9 km|
| Route:||Brad Boester Variation|
| Trailhead:||6069 ft / 1849 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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