Ascent of Wilson Benchmark on 2019-03-09
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, March 9, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
| Elevation:||4573 ft / 1393 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrove up Old Wilson Road from Ranchita, but had to park earlier than I wanted, as the road to the trailhead was too rutted to drive. I found a group from San Diego hiking along the way and they were able to drive to the trailhead via an unmarked dirt road about one mile to the east of Old Wilson Road. Could have used that route to save almost 3 miles of round trip hiking along a dirt road.
Overshot the trail and had to backtrack some as the trailhead was not well marked. From the traihead hiked south along the trail to the summit and signed the register. On the way back left the trail to do some cross country hiking to Pinyon Ridge. The summit block was easy Class 3 (with some exposure), but hiking alone in the desert I decided to pass on reaching the top. Regained the trail and returned to the car.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2023 ft / 615 m|
| Extra Gain:||800 ft / 243 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||12.6 mi / 20.3 km|
| Trailhead:||Old Wilson Road 4150 ft / 1264 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Clear|
| Time:||2 Hours |
| Time:||2 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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