Ascent of Palms Benchmark on 2014-02-02

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Kelley Laxamana
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palms Benchmark
    Elevation:3121 ft / 951 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove 9.4 miles in on a dirt road through Collins Valley to the Sheep Canyon campground. The road is pretty good to the 3rd stream crossing (high clearance vehicle recommended), then deteriorates and becomes really rugged for about 0.5 miles as the road goes up a gully (high clearance 4x recommended). Once out of the gully, the road is ok to the Sheep Canyon campground (high clearance vehicle recommended). The steam did not have much water in it this year, but I've heard stories of 2' high water occasionally in the stream.

The terrain up to the peaks is very rugged, and the route back to the truck down Sheep Canyon requires careful route finding to get around the numerous waterfalls, cliffs and debris. The GPS said that our route was about 6.4 miles and 4,340' of elevation gain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4340 ft / 1322 m
    Extra Gain:1425 ft / 434 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Trailhead:Sheep Canyon Campground  1631 ft / 497 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Gerlach
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