Ascent of Salt Benchmark on 2021-06-07

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Others in Party:Mark Adrian
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 7, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Salt Benchmark
    Elevation:9997 ft / 3047 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: We approached from Log Canyon on the east side and Google Maps was able to guide us to the start of our hike. Once you enter the National Forest the road gets rougher (lots of small rocks), but is still passable by most vehicles. Prior to the saddle at 9210' there was one section of the road with very deep potholes that required high clearance and careful tire placement to negotiate. Upon reaching the saddle, FR0127 follows the ridge north to the start of the hike. This road is significantly worse than the road up Log Canyon and requires high clearance in many sections. It is also narrow and encountering oncoming traffic would be problematic in areas (thankfully we didn't). Finally, there were a few snowbanks remaining on the edges of the road near the end of the drive. We were able to get by them easily, but they may have stopped traffic just a week prior.

The Climb: On the ascent we used Tom Gathright's route up the south ridge, parking where he did. This route was steep, but very easy and efficient. On the summit, we found the benchmark and a register placed by Richard Carey only last year. From the summit we saw a less steep route down the east ridge and tried it out on the way back. It was easy going back down to the road, which we followed back to the car. Either route works, but the east ridge is better since it is a gentler grade and there is room for an extra car or two if you park on the east ridge.

My Thoughts: After climbing Champlin Peak in the morning, this was a good bonus peak due to its easy hike and comparatively cool temperatures at nearly 10000'. The summit also has possibly the best view of Mount Nebo around. Bummer the drive-in was so darn bumpy.

I am always looking for climbing partners, so feel free to contact me if you want to team up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:343 ft / 104 m
    Total Elevation Loss:343 ft / 104 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:343 ft / 104 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:9654 ft / 2942 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:343 ft / 104 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:East Ridge
    End Trailhead:9654 ft / 2942 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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