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Ascent of Table Benchmark on 2016-07-26

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2559 ft / 779 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a solo hike of some peaks in the Moreno Valley area. I was staying at a RV resort in the area and need some exercise. It was extremely hot (100+) but these were all road or trail walks and not a lot gain so I though I could handle it.
The first three were in the Box Spring Mountain range. I took the 60 west to Pigeon Pass exit. I went north for about 4 miles to Box Spring road, then about one mile to the Box Spring Mtn. park. The last two tenths was dirt but it was a good road. The road ends at a parking lot. The lot said there was a $5 day use fee, however, there was no envelopes to put your money in. I just ignored it and had no problems. From the parking lot, I headed south following the road. There were a couple of side trails, but I just stayed on the road. Box Spring was the first. There were two communications towers on this bump. They were on the west side of the road. I couldn’t any benchmark or register on either tower, but I was at my waypoint. What I couldn’t figure out was my GPS gave me an altitude of 2960’. Peakbagger has it at 3081’. I think it was entered at the wrong altitude. For Box Spring Lookout, I just continued south to the end of the road. There was a lookout, but it wasn’t what I expected. I am us to lookout that have places for folks to sleep. This was just a platform about 200’ high and about 5 feet square. It looks like no one has been to the top in a long time.. I returned the same way, taking the Spring Trail to cut off a little road walking.
For Table, I walked pass the parking lot about 2/10th a mile to a trail that took off on the left side. I followed this trail to the summit. On the summit, I climbed the highest boulder around. I didn’t find anything on that boulder, but a few feet north, there was another boulder and I thought I saw what looked like a benchmark. I went to that boulder, but couldn’t find a reasonable way to the top so I couldn’t confirm if there as a benchmark.
Next was Coyote and Versity. I went back to 60 west, followed it a short distance to the 215 north. From the 215 I exited at Central/Watkins. I followed Watkins a short distance to Picacho Dr., turned left and drove a short distance to its end. From there I followed a use trail a short distance to the summit of Coyote. There was no BM or register. From Coyote, I head due west toward Versity, staying to the outside of a fence line following a trail/road. Versity is easy to spot as it stands out. On Versity I found a pipe marker and three directional markers. The summit is right above UCR. I returned the same way.
Next was Lizard hill. At I wasn’t going to do this one as it was real hot. But I saw how short it was and felt I could do it. I returned to Watking, went north to Blaine, then east to Mt. Vernon. I drove past Lizard as it was so small I didn’t think it was the peak. My waypoint said different. I parked just north of the peak. I drove about 3/10 tenths of a mile to the parking spot. I did have to go through a gate and hike about 1/10 mile to the summit. No benchmark or register. Returned the same way, making sure the gate was closed behind me.
7:30 am Depart. 2317’
8:15 am Box Spring. 3081’, although my GPS said 2960’.
8:50 am Box Spring Lookout. 3080’
9:15 am Depart.
10:05 am Junction with the parking lot.
10:35 am Table BM. 2559’
11:15 am Car. 6 miles round trip, 1100’ gain, 3 hours, 45 minutes.
11:50 am Depart. 1384’
12:10 on Coyote Hill. 1541’
12:35 pm Versity BM. 1386’
1:15 pm Car. 1.5 miles round trip, 600’ gain, 1 hour, 20 minutes.
1:30 pm Depart.1343’
1:40 pm Lizard Hill. 1416’
1:50 pm Car. 0.2 miles round trip, 70’ gain, 20 minutes.
Total for the day: 7.7 miles round trip, 1770’ gain, 5 hours, 25 minutes.

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