Ascent of Salt Benchmark on 2020-05-25

Climber: Otto De Groff

Others in Party:Robert De Groff
Date:Monday, May 25, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Salt Benchmark
    Elevation:9997 ft / 3047 m

Ascent Trip Report

My Dad and I decided to try the Log Hollow Road (we were uncertain of snow conditions) as our approach to Salt Creek Peak. The Road was in much poorer condition than when I last drove it a couple years ago. After passing a washed out, gravelly stretch around 8500 feet, we were stopped by a rutted, muddy section at around 8900 feet. From there we turned around and parked at the turn at 8680.

We walked up the Log Hollow Road, which was covered in a large snowbank just before the top (above Cool Spring). From the top of Log Hollow, we followed the Red Cliff Road towards the summit. At times the road was snow covered, and to avoid walking in steep snow, we gained the ridge to the west, which served as a better option.

Views from the summit were great. We stayed for around an hour, taking photos and eating a lunch on the sheltered east side of the summit (it was very windy), before returning via the same route. My guess is that the Log Hollow Road will open pretty soon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1317 ft / 401 m
    Route:Red Cliff Road
    Trailhead:Log Hollow Road  8680 ft / 2645 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1, road hike
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Pleasant, windy on ridgetops

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