Ascent of Adams Benchmark on 2020-05-14

Climber: Tom Gathright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, May 14, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:ATV
Peak:Adams Benchmark
    Elevation:9612 ft / 2929 m

Ascent Trip Report

This should be an alternate route as both the drive and the hike is difficult. I chose this route because of past road descriptions and distance. This is clearly a shorter drive, but the wilderness area designated route is a challenge. I did this on an ATV and don't think I could have done it in my Tacoma, but perhaps a skilled off road enthusiast could do it in a 4WD.

I exited off NV-318 at virtual MM WP 1.9 and followed the dirt road 1.7 miles to a corral and large Wilderness Information Sign. From there I used the ATV and drove 5.5 miles on the wilderness designated route to the Head of Ninemile Spring, which is also the end of the designated route.

Then I hiked SSW up a drain, this was all open country hiking. At about 8700 feet I veered easterly making way up to the saddle of peak 9425. Once at the saddle I realized I would be breaking a cardinal rule of giving up elevation as the drop across the next saddle was about 300 feet. The terrain throughout all of this as well as the final push up to the summit was good; no bushwhacking and minor scramble at the top.

Great views from the summit and when I looked at the saddle and starting point used in previous ascents I knew this would not be recommended as a better route. For the descent I decided not to reclimb peak 9425 and followed the major drain from the saddle. This started out okay, but where I turned west near 8200 feet it became unpleasant; steep side-hilling on loose ground followed by bushwhacking and working around big rocky pinnacles. The pinnacles are pretty, but not what I needed as I was already very tired.
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Looking north from Adams BM, the wilderness area stretches further north than south (2020-05-14). Photo by Tom Gathright.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1985 ft / 605 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1985 ft / 605 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Counter clockwise loop
    Start Trailhead:Head of Ninemile Spring  7627 ft / 2324 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tom Gathright
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