Ascent of Puff Benchmark on 2017-11-12

Climber: Ginger Partyka

Date:Sunday, November 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Puff Benchmark
    Elevation:2716 ft / 827 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at De Anza Springs Resort for $5. It's a clothing optional resort, so be prepared.

There's a lot of open questions online about the legalities of hiking on the train tracks, but the staff at the resort told us it was totally fine and that people do it all the time. They directed us straight to the trailhead.

We hiked for 6 miles on the train tracks across multiple trestles, and through multiple tunnels, some long enough that you can't see your hand in front of your face in the middle of the day. We were glad we brought headlamps. After crossing the Goat Canyon Trestle, we walked through one last tunnel (the sketchiest so far with significant rockfall - we walked around it on the way back), and then headed up to Puff which was easily viewable from the tracks.

Long hike @15 miles, but it was pretty flat/gradual incline for the entirety up until the summit push (500 ft elevation to get the summit).

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1062 ft / 323 m
    Extra Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.1 mi / 24.3 km
    Trailhead:2654 ft / 808 m
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 37 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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