Ascent of Veigh Benchmark on 2016-11-30

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Veigh Benchmark
    Elevation:390 ft / 118 m

Ascent Trip Report

On my drive from Cougar Mountain back to the hotel I noticed there was a quick peakbag of the tallest point on Mercer Island so I decided to pull over and find a way to hike it. I found a nice green belt public space with hiking trail but could not find a place to park the car so I stopped at City hall at an elevation just below 100 feet msl and parked my car. I then walked up the steep road Gallagher Hill Road and then up and over and around the public high school and eventually to the BM near Rotary Park. A completely safe urban hike. On the way back I tried to go into the greenbelt to see if I could find a way down to the water edge to start the hike at a lower elevation but the highway gets in the way and in other places there are expensive houses and neighborhoods so I resigned to starting at city hall.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:375 ft / 114 m
    Total Elevation Loss:375 ft / 114 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:315 ft / 96 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 295 ft / 90 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:City Hall Parking Lot  95 ft / 28 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:355 ft / 108 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 295 ft / 90 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    End Trailhead:same  95 ft / 28 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Seattle-5

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cougar Mountain2016-11-30 a1312 ft / 400 m
2Cougar Mountain-Long View Peak2016-11-30 b311 ft / 95 m
3Veigh Benchmark2016-11-30 c375 ft / 114 m
Total Trip Gain: 1998 ft / 609 m    Total Trip Loss: 1998 ft / 608 m

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