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Ascent of Queen Benchmark on 2016-11-14

Climber: Jonathan Allbach

Date:Monday, November 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Queen Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5677 ft / 1730 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started this hike from the parking area located at the end of O’Dell Road (off of Big Horn Pass Road and Park Boulevard). I headed north towards the mountain on a faint trail, which became harder to follow as I approached the base of Queen Mountain. At the base, I lost the trail, causing me to bushwhack and rock hop in a north eastern direction up the ridge, ultimately ending up in the saddle between Queen Mountain and Queen Benchmark. The ridge is much steeper that it originally appeared. After reaching the saddle between the two points, I continued heading north/northwest until I found an easier route to the summit of Queen Mountain, which ended up being on the north facing slope. The summit has great views of the valley below. After taking a few pictures and signing the peak registry, I worked my way back down by using the same route and started attacking Queen Benchmark. Reaching this summit was more difficult and required some careful planning and a bit of back tracking due to the amount of large vehicle sized boulders and prickly plants near the top. After reaching the summit, I signed the registry and decided to try a different route back to the saddle (which was not much easier than the one I took going up). Once back at the saddle, I was able to work my way back to the ridge and start my descent. I found the trail I had missed on the way up and followed a series of switchbacks until I had reached the base of the mountain again. I then decided to travel cross country, heading back to my vehicle in as straight of a line of travel as I could manage.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1805 ft / 550 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1805 ft / 549 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1513 ft / 461 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1222 ft / 373 m; Extra: 291 ft / 88m
    Loss on way in:291 ft / 88 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Queen Mountain Trail/Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Parking area at end of O'Dell Road  4455 ft / 1357 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1514 ft / 461 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1222 ft / 373 m; Extra: 292 ft / 89m
    Gain on way out:292 ft / 89 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Queen Mountain Trail/Bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Parking area at end of O'Dell Road  4455 ft / 1357 m
    Time:1 Hours 



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