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Ascent of Roost Benchmark on 2016-02-03

Climber: Joel Hawk

Date:Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Roost Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4351 ft / 1326 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great day for a hike. Sunrise start at 24 degrees and clear skies. Initial descent for about a mile along a jeep trail. We cut across the PCT and valley to Oriflamme mountains and then bushwhacked along the ridge, so the numbers won't match the out/in route. We could have taken the jeep roads, but that would have been boring so we criss-crossed along the valley and hill tops. Saw two abandoned cars (really old and rusted). We suspect they were from the mining days. Saw several areas that were mined in the past (and naturally we looked for gold, but didn't find any). Wildlife included deer and a condor. Saw many tracks of coyote and bobcat. Although not an arduous hike, it was really interesting. My buddy has lived and hunted in the area for the last 40 years and knew so much history about all the surrounding mountains and Indians who lived in the area. I really enjoyed the day. Sunset was just as pretty as the sunrise and the temp gained to 38. Now that's a good day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4460 ft / 1359 m
    Distance:10.4 mi / 16.7 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4460 ft / 1359 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:jeep trail and scramble
    Trailhead:Gate at Lucky 5 Ranch  -109 ft / -33 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:jeep trail and scramble
    Trailhead:Gate at Lucky 5 Ranch  
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes



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