Ascent of Elliott Benchmark on 2020-09-19

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Lisa Barboza
Daryn Dodge
Kathy Rich
Linda Sun
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elliott Benchmark
    Elevation:8747 ft / 2666 m

Ascent Trip Report

I tried to drive the road to the top on a Monday in early June after it rained the night before. The first 5.5 or so miles of the road was o.k. because of mining traffic compacting down the mud, but it was hard dodging all of the trucks and loaders; the rest of the road was a muddy mess and impassable. Today, Saturday, our group of 5 people in two vehicles drove to just below the top following Dean Gaudet's GPX track, then made the short walk up to the summit; no mining vehicles to dodge this time and we only saw one ATV on the upper road. Also, the road is still in good shape and should be o.k. to drive in a SUV or a truck. The actual high point is a short walk from the vehicle.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:45 ft / 13 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Drive-up/short walk to top
    Trailhead:Drive-up/short walk to top  8702 ft / 2652 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1

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