Ascent of Stevens Benchmark on 2016-05-14

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Stevens Benchmark
    Elevation:8436 ft / 2571 m

Ascent Trip Report

For this peak I made good use of Eric Kassan's trip report on this site. I went up and down the east ridge of the peak, instead of dropping to the road on the return as Eric did. Though the upper ridge was brushy, I was able to avoid much bushwhacking using some occasionally circuitous route finding (and I broke a lot of dead branches).

A little web research shows that Sections 23 and 24, where the peak and its east ridge lie, is all BLM land. The southern half of Section 14 is privately owned. I preferred to park and do the whole hike on public lands.

Eric's report includes a GPS track showing the route I used up the east ridge. My track attached to this report shows instead the driving route I took in. Although I was driving my 4Runner I did not come close to needing 4WD, and I think that an experienced and somewhat aggressive driver could get a passenger sedan to the parking spot in dry conditions. Note that I am *not* saying that you should drive a rental sedan there, and it did appear that any significant precipitation after my visit would cause gullying that could make 4WD and high clearance mandatory.

A note on my track - it leaves Hwy 50 on road 300 N, which it follows for about 1/4 mile before turning north on 3600 W which parallels the canal. Both roads were signed at the time of my visit. An alternative approach which would reduce gravel road driving would leave the town of Redmond heading west on 1100 N (alternatively labeled Sheep Lane) and intersect my track at about 5320' in Section 34. Sheep Lane is paved almost to my track.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1476 ft / 449 m
    Route:east ridge
    Trailhead:base of east ridge  6960 ft / 2121 m
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 16 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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