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Ascent of Grunt Benchmark on 2020-02-15

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds
John Strauch
Jim Leckie
Neal Matthys
Nelson Peacock
Carol Jean
Richard Carey
Matt Hanan
Susan Smith
John Allen
Greg Risen
Maurice Hogue
Chuck Ramm
Mark Adrian
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Grunt Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2144 ft / 653 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was Larry's SDPC List completion hike/celebration.

The group met at a large parking area along S2 (32.8489, -116.2017) just south of the road to Bow Willow Campground and just north of Carrizo Creek wash. We consolidated into high clearance 4WD vehicles. We took the Carrizo Gorge/Creek road 7 miles to the end; trail head. This was my second trip on this road. The first trip 4 years ago required 4WD; this trip needed high clearance. It all depends on the cobblestones and what water has done to the crossings.

Fifteen of us started out. We intended to go up the route we eventually took down. We ended up in the canyon that runs south of Grunt BM and decided not to go back. So we continued up the canyon now doing a clockwise loop. There was one cat-claw choked section we had to climb up and around but other wise the canyon was nice. We then decided to take a direct route up since we could see everything and it didn't look to bad (sharp things & boulders). Occasionally needed to use the hands but the rocks had good holds. Gained elevation quickly but not too far or long. Guess you need to grunt some to reach Grunt BM. The group was spread out based on individual comfort and exercise shape. But all made it. The views are good. The benchmark is found along with the register in a group of rocks (cairn). also found the reference marker.

The group broke up into smaller groups which ultimately descended three different routes. One group went directly north from the benchmark, descending just east of the north ridge (which was easy soft soil with small rocks). One individual took the NE ridge all the way back towards the trail head; much more work than the other routes but doable. I went down to the saddle and followed what appeared to be a motorcycle path. But really could take any direction along this general route as the ground was soft and small rocks (i.e no boulders to deal with) until you reach the bottom/wash. Took the sandy wash all the way back to the trail head.

Stats include all stops, walking around checking on the group, and a side trip hike at the end (which was about half mile rt). Looking back on the hike I liked our ascent route which added a short challenge as the intended route might have been too easy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1183 ft / 360 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1183 ft / 359 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Grade/Class:2+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1090 ft / 332 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1035 ft / 315 m; Extra: 55 ft / 16m
    Loss on way in:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Southeast ridge
    Start Trailhead:End of the Carrizo Gorge Road  1109 ft / 338 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1128 ft / 343 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1035 ft / 315 m; Extra: 93 ft / 28m
    Gain on way out:93 ft / 28 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:North ridge
    End Trailhead:End of the Carrizo Gorge Road  1109 ft / 338 m
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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