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Ascent of Salina Benchmark on 2015-10-14

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Salina Benchmark
    Location:USA-Oklahoma
    Elevation:1260 ft / 384 m

Ascent Trip Report

The previous report from Ryan was spot on down to the 2 friendly dogs at the last house before the gate to the tower. These dogs, unlike the ones at Leach BM actually are mild barkers and stay within their yard. There was one large barker near the horse farm but he stayed back away from the road.

Interesting rolling terrain in this part of OK with the trees in OCT turning fall colors. Hickory, Oak, Persimmon, Juniper, Dogwood, not what I expected. With the rolling terrain if you decided to park and hike it there is some nice extra gain. A decent short hike to the top or a drive up. I never drive up when I can avoid it so I added to my pedometers collection of steps and ended up with 24,000 for the day after my third hike.

The tower property is posted with a small sign that is hard to see (it is falling off the fence) and there is really no difficult gate to keep one from going to the highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Total Elevation Loss:140 ft / 42 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
90F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:230 ft / 70 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 160 ft / 49 m; Extra: 70 ft / 21m
    Loss on way in:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:road hike N4480
    Start Trailhead:1,100 contour where the paved road N4480 Rd curves  1100 ft / 335 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:70 ft / 21 m
    Gain on way out:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
Ascent Part of Trip: OKCHPing

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Leach Benchmark2015-10-14 a355 ft / 108 m
2Salina Benchmark2015-10-14 b300 ft / 91 m
3Keystone State Park High Point2015-10-14 c780 ft / 238 m
Total Trip Gain: 1435 ft / 437 m    Total Trip Loss: 780 ft / 238 m



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