Ascent of Lahontan Benchmark on 2017-05-24

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lahontan Benchmark
    Elevation:5377 ft / 1638 m

Ascent Trip Report

Most of the area is a checkerboard of 1-mi squares, alternating BLM and private. I planned to drive to a road end on the WNW side of the summit. But a place on the road I thought would be unoccupied turned out to be lived in. I was greeted at the gate by a "No Trespassing" sign and at least a half dozen Bluetick Hounds (?). Without an accurate land-use map, I went back to the previous dirt road that serves the area residents, and followed it around to the SE side, where my notes said the land became all-BLM. It curled around behind a hill and out-of-sight, ending with 3 former residences that have long been unoccupied. There was no signage, although it may still be privately owned. I would not recommend driving beyond the line of tires marking the last ruins; the grass is hiding many boards, some having exposed nails. Watch your step.
Walked up the south slope, first visiting a couple points on the SE side of the summit plateau in case it was higher, but I don't think they were. The BM is on the north side overlooking the Lahontan Rsvr. It has a standing pole with numerous wires holding it up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:612 ft / 186 m
    Total Elevation Loss:612 ft / 186 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:582 ft / 177 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 502 ft / 153 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:S slope
    Start Trailhead:39.399981,-119.010702  4875 ft / 1485 m
    Time:22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:532 ft / 162 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 502 ft / 153 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:S slope
    End Trailhead:39.399981,-119.010702  4875 ft / 1485 m
    Time:17 Minutes

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