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Ascent of San Benito Mountain on 2013-07-23

Climber: Charlie Winger

Date:Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Benito Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5241 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

Decided to drive over to San Benito from the west on Colinga Hwy after hiking up N. Chalone earlier in the day. You exit Colinga Hwy at the Clear Creek Management Area and drive east over to the New Idria road coming from Hollister. All the gates are open even though there are "Emergency Closure" signs in several places. Finally you come to a sign that says "Travel at your own risk" (due to asbestos danger). If you even think about making this drive you should have your head examined. Its a terrible road and in one spot is badly washed out leaving your vehicle at a precarious angle. Better to drive in from Hollister which is how we departed. The gates are also open from that direction (north).
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