Ascent of Feldspar Benchmark on 1996-04-15

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, April 15, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Feldspar Benchmark
    Elevation:5134 ft / 1564 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Granite Mountains can be reached from Interstate 15 by taking the Bear Valley Road exit which is about 3 miles south of Victorville. Head east on Bear Valley Road for 14.0 miles and turn left (north) on Milpas Drive. After about a mile the road turns left for a short distance then right and passes a landfill. At 2.4 miles you come to a stop sign at Yucca Loma Road. Turn right (east) and go straight ahead past the landfill entrance to a dirt road that goes up into the canyon. A high-clearance vehicle is needed to get over some rocks in the otherwise fairly good road. After 0.6 miles park at a turnaround. UTM here is: 490770E, 3817540N. Start the hike heading slightly NE across a wash to the ridgeline between two drainages. Follow this ridge all the way to the summit. The footing is generally very good on the soil and rock. The distance is 1.3 miles with an elevation gain of 1730 ft. and should take about 1 1/4 hours. Allow about 1 hour for the descent. 4/96 RLC
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