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Ascent of Cloud Benchmark on 2015-01-07

Climber: Max Rees

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cloud Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3831 ft / 1167 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starting just above a large turnout on the downhill side of Hwy 18 below Panorama Point, there is a smaller parking area with a gate, that is the start for this hike. The road goes up, down and back up for 1.3 miles bringing you to a flat area between 3 peaks, 1 is not named the other two are 4120 and Marshall Peak.
To the right is another road gate that leads to 4120 and a AQMD station. No view here, so skip it unless you just want the peak. Its only .3 miles to the top.
Starting back at the gate, Marshall Peak is visible to the west and marked with railings of railroad ties. Theres a shortcut right to the top or take the road around the south side of the hill for a better view. The top looks like a helicopter LZ and the "peak" is a pile of rocks/PVC pipe on the west side.
From here, Cloud BM is more to the west. You can head back down the road or shortcut a drainage just north of Marshall Peak. The drainage is fairly steep and very rutted with loose rocks. From the drainage, follow the road about .25 miles and then vear left. This less used road takes you to the BM. If youre looking to take a picture of the BM, good luck; I walked around for a few minutes with GPS and couldnt find it. From here its 2 miles on Cloudland Truck Trail back to Hwy 18. All 3 peaks is about 5 miles and under 2 hours roundtrip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Loss:382 ft / 116 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way in:172 ft / 52 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Cloudland Truck Trail
    Start Trailhead:4003 ft / 1220 m
    Time:17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:210 ft / 64 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Cloudland Truck Trail
    End Trailhead:3621 ft / 1103 m
    Time:39 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Cloud BM (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Peak 41202015-01-07 a499 ft / 152 m
2Marshall Peak2015-01-07 b0 ft / 0 m
3Cloud Benchmark2015-01-07 c0 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 499 ft / 152 m    Total Trip Loss: 671 ft / 204 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Max Rees
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