Ascent of Adams Benchmark on 2020-05-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, May 14, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||ATV|
| Elevation:||9612 ft / 2929 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis 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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