Ascent of Santa Ysabel Benchmark on 2020-06-07

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 7, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Santa Ysabel Benchmark
    Elevation:3680 ft / 1121 m

Ascent Trip Report

COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Yet, the multitudes are still gathering at Iron Mountain Trailhead, the HWY67 side of Mt. Woodson, and the Santa Ysabel Open Space West Trailhead. Iron Mountain restrooms are closed. My objective, the Inaja Memorial Trail, was taped off.

Trailhead for this ascent is the Santa Ysabel Nature Center, which was also closed. Parking lot was open. I'm looking forward to exploring the Nature Center. The is a kid's playground, also closed, with natural features like logs and rocks for kids to explore. There is a sign to point out the various trails and loops.

Trail leads off from an archway and leads up a series of well-used and well-maintained jeep trails that lead to a ridge. At the top of the ridge is a fenced, triangular picnic area and a junction to other trails. From here, a trail leads down the hill, but there is a path that leads off to the right toward Peak 3723, which is not listed here on Peakbagger. I resisted the temptation to add it.

At this point, you are one ridge over from Santa Ysabel Benchmark to the west, but the landscape is not steep or intimidating. The trail quickly devolves to goat paths, rabbit paths and bushwhacking, following the ridge to Santa Ysabel Benchmark. Poison oak is in abundance, especially in shaded areas. There are many Live Oaks on the ridge. Grass is high. Wear long pants.

The peak of the Santa Ysabel Benchmark rises above the ridge looking like a place where the Lost Boys might build a fort. Looking south, the Benchmark is about the 5 o'clock position on the hill. Some scrambling required. Views extend in all directions.

Trip down was cross country until you find the jeep trail.

Stats and map are a little wonky because the GAIA track shut down between the picnic area and Peak 3723.
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Santa Ysabel Benchmark stands on a rock formation that looks like a place where the Lost Boys might build a fort. From this view, the actual benchmark is in the 5 o'clock position. Some scrambling required (2020-06-07). Photo by Jeffrey Swain.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:612 ft / 186 m
    Total Elevation Loss:612 ft / 186 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:612 ft / 186 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Jeep trails and cross country
    Start Trailhead:Santa Ysabel Nature Center  3068 ft / 935 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:612 ft / 186 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:Cross country and Jeep trails
    End Trailhead:Santa Ysabel Nature Center  3068 ft / 935 m
    Time:1 Hours 11 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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