Ascent of Phil Benchmark on 2015-02-06

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, February 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Phil Benchmark
    Elevation:5440 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first stop on an 8pt hike.

The office at the reservation entrance didn't open until 8am. The worker was about 15 minutes late; just as I was about to leave a note and money thru the mail slot. Day Use fee was $10. They gave me a map which was dated 2009 and wasn't up to date. The main road was graded dirt but was better condition than most highways. A 2wd would do just fine to San Ignacio Cemetery.

We parked in a nice grove a trees just past the cemetery. If you pass a metal shed, you've gone too far. We started east and immediately dropped down into the wash. We followed the wash NE. It is a section to follow. At times there are downed trees (for erosion control) to easily navigate around. There are a couple sections of polished rock to hike thru; which would be a little tricky if wet. But that isn't very often. We found a very fresh set of mountain lion tracks heading down the wash. Luckily we were going in the opposite direction. Eventually you reach several feeding branches of the wash. You can take almost any of them to get saddle north of Phil BM. We took the right turns and eventually decided to head directly to Phil BM versus going all the way to the saddle. Saddle would have been easier route but slightly longer. After a few switchbacks in finding the less-bushwhacking route, there are some easy class 2 scrambling to the summit. We signed the register; found remnants of the BM but didn't actually find the station disk. After photos and reading the register, we continued on to Norte BM (see Norte BM trip report).

Total Stats for all 8pts: 5.3 miles and 3133' gained/loss
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:884 ft / 269 m
    Total Elevation Loss:197 ft / 60 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:884 ft / 269 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 687 ft / 210 m; Extra: 197 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:197 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:XC wash
    Start Trailhead:Tree Grove in San Ignacio  4753 ft / 1448 m
    Time:1 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Los Coyotes Spring 2015

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Phil Benchmark2015-02-06884 ft / 269 m
2Norte Benchmark2015-02-0667 ft / 20 m
3Cody Benchmark2015-02-06701 ft / 214 m
4Pike Benchmark Summit2015-02-06808 ft / 246 m
5Pike Benchmark2015-02-06169 ft / 52 m
6Army Benchmark2015-02-060 ft / 0 m
7Dry Benchmark2015-02-06320 ft / 98 m
8Hot Springs Mountain2015-02-0658 ft / 18 m
Total Trip Gain: 3007 ft / 917 m    Total Trip Loss: 3047 ft / 930 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jim Wick
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