Ascent of Majuba Benchmark on 2014-04-12

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Al Sandorff <1079>
Brett Hathaway
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Majuba Benchmark
    Elevation:7388 ft / 2251 m

Ascent Trip Report

From either east or west on I-80 take exit 145 near the town of Imlay (no services). After leaving I-80, turn left on the frontage road (west side) of I-80 and drive south about a mile to a nice dirt road with a big sign indicating it was the beginning of the Applegate/Lassen cutoff for the pioneers crossing the country by covered wagon. Stay on this road and 10.8 miles pass a couple signs advertising the National Conservation Area of the Black Rock Desert. About 16 miles from the #145 exit, look for a road that heads southwest (waypoint 40.7118 118.3973 nad 27) and turn onto it as it heads by the south side of Majuba mountain and into Majuba canyon. After passing the old Last Chance mine on the left side of the road, a lesser road drops down (waypoint 40.6594 118.4650 elev 5400') to the left and follow it. If you miss this turnoff, you will start heading up toward the mine on Majuba Mountain so turn around and find the turnoff.

Up to this point, a 2 wheel drive passenger vehicle could probably be OK (be sure to have a good spare tire) but now you may want to have high clearance although you might be able to drive a bit further on this lesser road. Your call. It is not quite 2 miles to where a rough jeep track takes off (near a big cattle watering spot and at waypoint 40.6596 118.4970 elev 5825') and for many, this would be a good place to park and walk from. You only add a half mile to your hike if you stop here butwith high clearance and 4WD, you can continue up this jeep track to where it became the trailhead for us (waypoint 40.6557 118.5042 elev 6040') we couldn't continue up the jeep track up to the saddle was washed out and only ATV friendly. No matter, if you get to the turn off by the cattle watering area, it is still a pretty easy hike. The saddle waypoint is 40.6492 118.5022 elev 6460. From there just head up cross country to the summit. Benchmark and glass bottle register found.

I need to credit Brett Hathaway with coming up with this drive in route as I had it mapped completely differently. Brett used google earth and noticed the road system that worked so well for us. Thanks Brett.

I have created a summitpost page for this mountain at:
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1350 ft / 411 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Trailhead:6038 ft / 1840 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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