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Ascent of Cold Benchmark on 2018-09-01

Climber: Greg Sweel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 1, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cold Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11040 ft / 3364 m

Ascent Trip Report

After summiting Sunrise Peak, I returned to the Visitor Center (VC) and headed over to the Discovery Trail loop eastern trailhead closest to the VC. Followed the maintained trail with nice interpretative signage up to the highest point on the trail. Checked to make sure no others were watching as I left the trail without causing any disturbance which could cause erosion of the sensitive slopes. Hiked up through a draw and began contouring around the west side of Discovery Peak to a saddle. Proceeded up the southwest facing slope to the summit. Located a witness benchmark and the true benchmark. An ammo can register was found at the witness benchmark, so I moved it over to the true benchmark. Returned back to the main trail and continued on the loop back. This summit is also referred to as "Clem Nelson Peak".
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1100 ft / 335 m
    Route:Discovery Trail
    Trailhead:Schulman Grove Visitor Center  9940 ft / 3029 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes



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