Ascent of Silver Benchmark on 2013-10-11

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Dean Molen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Benchmark
    Elevation:8166 ft / 2488 m

Ascent Trip Report

Silver BM is a long drive on good gravel roads. My good friend Dean Molen was the lead driver and I was just a tag along. We made our way into Big Mud Springs that is south of the summit. We approached from the east side of the peak from Muleshoe Valley. At Big Mud Springs we tried to drive up the narrow road to Big Mud Pass. My truck was too wide for the brush, but Dean's Tacoma could have driven all the way to the pass. In fact Dean could have driven another .25 mile eastward towards point 7028 on the topo.

The hike on the road was easy. We had determined that climbing up the south ridge was the proper approach so up we went. There were some rocky outcroppings that were easily climbed and we eventually reached point 8082. From point 8082 to the summit is only about .25 mile but it is a rocky pinnacled spine along the ridge. GregJ had told Dean that the east side of the pinnacles was the easiest route, so we headed towards the summit, staying on the ridge or to the east side for most of the way. The last couple hundred yards we crossed the rocky ridge and were on the west side. This was a fun hike, nothing actually technical, but we had to scramble around a few rocky places. Great views. On the descent we dropped further to the south and east off the pinnacled ridge to avoid the rocky outcroppings and shortcut the route. This worked well but it was all a sidehill traverse.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1890 ft / 575 m
    Elevation Loss:1920 ft / 584 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1860 ft / 566 m
    Extra Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Big Mud Pass
    Trailhead:6336 ft / 1931 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1890 ft / 575 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Trailhead:6306 ft / 1922 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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